The Olympic Park Legacy Company
has today announced that it has chosen West Ham United and Newham
Council as its preferred bidder to take over the 2012 Olympic
Stadium after the Games.
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Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham,
said: "We are delighted by the announcement. We think this decision
is the right one and the nation will be the biggest winner.
"We are pleased the OPLC has recognised our bid. London won the
right to host the Olympics by making a promise to leave a lasting
legacy, not just for us and our children but for future
generations. It will inspire people in Newham and beyond.
"We were delighted when public opinion supported this view, and
this overwhelming public support has been recognised by the
"Our bid is about giving something back to the community, to London
and the country. We will make the stadium a magnet for visitors
across Britain, Europe and the world, to view and participate in a
wide range of sport and entertainment fixtures.
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"We want to create a situation where people will feel good about
community education projects and more. That means every member of
our community could access the Olympic Stadium. Spectacular events
drawing huge crowds could sit side by side with community
activities. You could go to a Madonna concert - then sing on the
same stage in a community choir the next day."
Karren Brady, Vice Chairman of West Ham United, said: "Today is a
momentous day. I would like to thank the
Olympic Park Legacy
Company for making us preferred bidder and acknowledge everyone
involved in what has been a truly professional process.
"I would also like to recognise the significant contribution of
Newham Council, who have shared in our exciting vision from day
one, and thank our supporters for trusting in us to take West Ham
United to a new level.
"We are proud to have been passed the Olympic torch and fully
embrace the responsibility we have for keeping the flame
"We have been working on this project for some time now and are
just at the starting line of the race to make this a stadium that
will really make the nation proud.
"With our partners we know exactly how to do it. We are working on
realising our proposals already. We would like to say far more but
fully understand we are still under the process and must continue
to respect it - as we have to this point.
"To West Ham supporters, I look forward to extending our
consultation process - now that we have the mandate from the OPLC
to do so - and I guarantee their views will continue to be heard.
We simply cannot wait to show them around this impressive and
intimate stadium so they can truly experience the awe and
excitement that all who visit are compelled to feel.
"The club is run by supporters and today is another great day in
our proud history. This will be your stadium and an atmospheric
home for generations to come. Our vision is to move forward always
with an eye on the past. We have been granted a once in a lifetime
opportunity to grow our club in a way its huge fan base deserves
and to really give something back to the community of which it is
such an intrinsic part.
"The nation has kept its promise and we'll keep ours. I
Press pack images
The following photographs are available for download:
- Picture 1a - How the stadium will look in
- Picture 1b - How the stadium will look in
- Picture 2 - The Olympic Stadium at
- Picture 3 - How the inside of the stadium
will look in football mode
- Picture 4 - Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales
outside the Olympic Stadium
- Picture 5 - Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin
- Picture 6 - Submtting the Olympic Stadium
bid: (Left to Right) Jenade Sharma, Adam Newson, Stephen Timms
MP, Greg Rutherford, James Tompkins, Scott Parker, Steve
Backley, Mark Noble, Graham Gooch, David Gold, Mayor Sir Robin
Wales, Kim Bromley-Derry, Young Mayor Ali Mohamed, Councillor
Paul Brickell and children from Cleves Primary School.
- Picture 7 - Pupils from St Joachim's School
show their support for the bid
- Picture 8 - Pupils from Carpenters School
show their sporty side
- Picture 9 - Tessa Jowell MP and Karren
Brady, Vice Chairman of West Ham United, at the House of Commons
getting MPs to back the Olympic Stadium bid
- Picture 10 - (Left to Right) David Gold,
Mayor Sir Robin Wales, David Sullivan
- Picture 11 - (Left to Right) Karren Brady,
David Sullivan, Sir Robin Wales,
- Kim Bromley-Derry and David Gold with pupils from Carpenters
Picture 12 - (Left to Right) David Gold, Sir
Robin Wales, David Sullivan, Kim Bromley-Derry and Karren
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