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West Ham submits Olympic ground bid

Premier League footballers have delivered a proposal to 10 Downing Street to put the case for West Ham to make a new home at the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 London Games.

Insisting only they could deliver the legacy promise made when London was named host city, footballers Scott Parker, Carlton Cole and Mark Noble went to the prime minister’s residence with representatives from Newham Council.

If the bid by the Hammers proves successful their current ground Upton Park would be knocked down, to make way for homes, shops and community facilities.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company has also been presented with a copy of the proposal.

Football, athletics, as well as other major sports, concerts and community facilities would be staged at the stadium under the plan, which would see the capacity reduced to 60,000.

It would also house what the bid describes as “innovative and exciting education resources” and “health and well-being programmes”, as well as an Olympic visitor centre and football museum.

The bid has been publicly backed by London 2012 chairman Lord Coe and UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner.

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said: “We believe this is the only bid that can deliver London’s legacy commitment to the International Olympic Committee.

“The last thing anyone wants is for the Olympic Stadium to become a ghost of Olympics past. The only realistic solution is to make the stadium work for a Premier League football team and that should be West Ham United.

“As a top-flight football club, we have the necessary expertise in running a major multi-purpose venue.

“Working with Newham Council, we could ensure extensive use of the stadium that would create prosperity in the local area and see this club grow and move on to another level.

“Our plan to keep most of the stadium in place protects the public investment.”

Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales added: “Our proposal with West Ham is the natural and logical solution that will provide a legacy for decades to come.

“Our plans will deliver upwards of 2M visitors each year and provide a significant beacon in the East End that will fulfil the original London 2012 bid commitments.

“A busy stadium will enhance the regeneration of the wider area and, importantly, there will be no cost to the public purse after the stadium’s conversion.”

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