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Saturday 23 March 2013

West Ham secure move to Olympic Stadium

Iconic venue is to become the club's new home from the 2016/17 season

Boris Johnson and West Ham United players and officials celebrate the news

West Ham United have confirmed that the Olympic Stadium will become their new home from 2016.

The club, who were named as the preferred bidders for the venue back in December, have been granted a 99-year lease for a stadium that was the centrepiece of last summer's London Olympic Games.

When the renovation work on the stadium is completed, it will have a capacity of 54,000 while there are plans for a retractable seating system to allow for athletics events.

The club will now embark on a consultation process with the fans "to help ensure the Stratford stadium matches the high standards Hammers fans would expect from their new home".

"We understand the responsibilities that come with calling the nation's iconic Olympic Stadium our new home"
David Sullivan and David Gold

"I'm delighted that we have been confirmed today as the anchor concessionaire for the Olympic Stadium," said vice-chairman Karren Brady.

"I commend my two Chairmen for their passion and commitment. I am delighted this has been rewarded now that their ambition to see the Club they love enjoy a bright future at the Olympic Stadium has been realised.

"It was important to me that we struck a deal that would stand the test of time that represented the right deal for West Ham United and our loyal and patient supporters.

"The consultation we have promised them will now begin and we can't wait to work with them to create a stunning new home that befits the pride, passion and tradition that the world associates with West Ham United."

The club currently play at the 35,000 capacity Boleyn Ground in Upton Park, which is around three miles away from the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

Joint chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said they were delighted with the news, saying: "It's fantastic for everyone at West Ham United that at last all the Club's hard work over the past three years has paid off.

"Since we came to West Ham in 2010 we have had a vision to really take the club forward so West Ham United can compete on the pitch at the highest level.

"Today's decision offers us a real platform to do this and we are fully committed to making it a real success. We understand the responsibilities that come with calling the nation's iconic Olympic Stadium, which will be converted into a world-class football stadium, our new home. It is an honour we will take on with pride."

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Key Points

  • West Ham United to move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016
  • The club are granted a 99-year lease
  • Hammers will now undergo consultation process with the fans