West Ham have been confirmed as the preferred bid to take over the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games - which has delighted Sheffield athlete Jess Ennis
The Olympic Park Legacy Company announced that West Ham have beaten Tottenham in the race to take over the stadium, yesterday. The choice of West Ham will see the athletics track retained inside a 60,000-capacity stadium in east London. The decision has to be ratified by the Government and London mayor Boris Johnson, but it would be a surprise if they did not rubber-stamp the recommendation.
Johnson said: “This milestone means we now have the prospect of a local football club and a multi-use venue capable of hosting athletics. Previously, Ennis had stated her support for the Hammers, saying: “It’s our Olympic Stadium. I’d love to see it used as an athletics stadium in years to come; it would be strange if it was just a football ground.”