Newham

Licence given to stadium for summer of sport

26 May 2015 in Council and democracy and Events and Sport and leisure
A summer of sporting activities will take place in the former Olympic Stadium after Newham Council’s licensing sub-committee today (Tuesday 26 May) granted a four month licence for the venue.
The sub-committee approved a premises licence  to allow the stadium, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to host five Rugby World Cup games, as well as the Morrisons Great Newham London Run and the IAAF Diamond League athletics competition.

Under the licence the stadium will be able to host a maximum capacity of up to 60,000 people at the events between July and November.

The licence has been granted with some amendments made by the sub-committee responding to representations made by the police, and the council’s anti-social behaviour and nuisance noise team and health and safety enforcement team.

Councillor Ian Corbett, chairman of the licensing sub-committee, said: “London 2012 was an amazing success and we expect that spirit and enthusiasm to be replicated this summer.

“We have been reassured the events over the summer will be well managed and run safely. I hope that residents take this opportunity to visit their stadium and enjoy the many events happening in the park this summer. This licence ensures people can enjoy the stadium and the events while respecting the residents that live near the Olympic Park.”

The licence will expire on 22 November 2015 when work will continue to convert the stadium in to the home ground of West Ham United. A new licence will be needed for the stadium once this is completed.