|All you need to know about West Ham United FC's potential move to Stratford.
The future of the Olympic Stadium could decided by middle of May - as West Ham's David Gold has told LBC 97.3 that's when they'll be able to "discuss details of the bid."
The Hammers co-owner also revealed the latest bidding process "might turn out to be better" in the long term than last year, when the Championship club were awarded the Stadium before legal challenges from likes of Spurs and Leyton Orient.
"You've got to move on and there's every possibility this is a better route than the original bid. It might turn out to be better" Gold told LBC's Iain Dale but he couldn't reveal why. "You might be aware of the process as we speak so am limited to what I can say - I would love to open up but think May 21st is the date we can discuss details of the bid."
The London Legacy Development Corporation, formerly the Olympic Park Legacy Company and in charge of finding futures for all eight of the permanent venues in the Olympic Park after 2012, has always said they hoped to announce the Stadium tenants before the summer events. LBC understands May was always the target but we're told any decision following the evaluation process has to be "ratified" by the LLDC board and that maybe in "May or June".
After vice chairman Karren Brady told LBC the West Ham fans don't "understand" yet why the club wants to move into the Stadium, Mr Gold ruled out a fans referendum about a move away from Upton Park claiming he could turn the 70% of Hammers supporters in favour of a switch to Stratford to nearly 90% if was "allowed" to show off their plans.
On the crucial question of sight lines and retractable seats in the stadium he said "I can't discuss it but what can say if we win the right to go to the Olympic Stadium it'll be a world class FOOTBALL stadium. Many stadiums round the world have been failures because they were constructed solely for the Olympics with no consideration for football. Technology has moved on so no seat in this stadium will be further from the pitch than at Wembley."
Gold also branded Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn's claim West Ham moving into Stratford would mean the end of the O's as a "red herring".
"We will help local community come to the stadium and young people in particular but what Barry says is insulting just because a club moves a mile or so closer that fans are going to desert you for another football club. I think its an insult to them. They're Orient fans from birth."
Hearn told LBC last month he'd monitor the process carefully and hadn't ruled out further legal action to prevent West Ham moving into the manor.
Well it used to mean something. Commercialisation makes a charade out of everything in the end.
Cry me a ****ing river.
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