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Government confirms Olympic Stadium decision

Tue 11th Oct 2011 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

The DCMS have released a statement confirming the withdrawal of its decision  to sell the Olympic Stadium to West Ham United Football Club.

‘The Government and Mayor of London have decided to end the current process to dispose of the Olympic stadium, which has become bogged down in a number of legal and other challenges,’ read the statement.

West Ham had been due to takeover the stadium after the London Olympic Games in 2012, but following a series of legal challenges the stadium will now be retained it as a public asset, and the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) has been asked to start a new process to secure tenants for the stadium.

Worries that the legacy promised by the games organisers is in danger of complete collapse the decision will mean that athletics will remain at the heart of the facility, as has been promised as part of the 2017 World Athletics Championship bid.

However, the OPLC will also seek leasehold football tenants as well as considering alternative options an ownership model that is  used very successfully in other stadiums in the country and across Europe and is also in keeping with other venues in the Olympic Park.

Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said:

“The Government is committed to securing a legacy from the Olympic stadium, and wants to see it re-opening in 2014.

“The process to sell the stadium has become bogged down.  We are acting today to end the legal paralysis that has put that legacy at risk.  Ending the current sale process and looking for a leasehold solution will remove the current uncertainty and allows us to help secure the future use of the Stadium with more confidence”.

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