Stratford City developer Westfield has played down suggestions that it objects to a football club occupying the Olympic Stadium in legacy.
The developer was responding to comments made at a London Assembly meeting this week, stating that it objected to proposals for West Ham United to occupy the stadium after the London 2012 Games.
“Westfield has already intimated it doesn’t like the idea of a big football club… West Ham is a big football club,” said London Assembly member Richard Tracey.
The fate of the arena was discussed during a meeting of the Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee and the stadium’s fate is currently being decided by the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) and West Ham football club is a strong contender for the leasehold.
However, Westfield played down suggestions that it was averse to West Ham’s involvement. It told NCE that it “supports any long-term, sustainable use of the Olympics Games venue”.
All the bids are now in for the use of the Olympic stadium and OLPC will now go through each proposal and assess them against various different parameters. It intends to announce the next steps in the process July with a final decision expected on the fate of the stadium by March 2011.
Westfield is one of the OPLC’s key stakeholders as developer of the new shopping centre development, Westfield Stratford City, which is due to open next year.
A total of 106 companies and consortiums have confirmed their interest in occupying the 80,000 seat stadium.
Other bidders include US entertainment company AEG, who revived the fortunes of the Millennium Dome and Essex County Cricket Club.