Officials to be grilled over Olympic Stadium deal collapse

Olympic Park Legacy Company officials to face questioning over the future of the Olympic Stadium

Sportsbeat
By Sportsbeat
olympic stadium
The Olympic stadium is expected to cost £5m a year to run Photo: Locog/Getty Images

olympic stadium

London Assembly members will cross-examine top officials from the Olympic Park Legacy Company next week after the collapse of West Ham’s deal to take over the London 2012 stadium.

Under-fire chairwoman Baroness Margaret Ford and OPLC chief executive Andrew Altman will be grilled at City Hall and will be expected to answer why – despite their promises – that the long-term future of the £500m showpiece venue is still not known less than 300 days from the Games.

West Ham and Newham Council were awarded the stadium earlier this year but beaten bidder Tottenham Hotspur have only recent dropped their threat to take the decision to a judicial review, while an anonymous complaint about the process was also made to the European Commission.

The stadium, which is expected to cost £5m a year to run, will now remain in public ownership and the OPLC will try and find a range of tenants willing to pay rental on its use, who are expected to include West Ham.

The estimated £50m cost of converting the venue from its Games time capacity of 80,000 to 60,000, will now be drawn from OPLC fund.

“Five years after London won the bid and we seem to be back to square one, with no agreement on who will take over the stadium after the Games,” said Dee Doocey, the head of the London Assembly’s economy, culture and sport committee.

“The collapse of the West Ham deal risks significant delay and potential cost. We want to know what went wrong and what the consequences will be for the OPLC – and ultimately – the taxpayer.”

© Sportsbeat 2011

MORE:

MORE: Have your say on Facebook

MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

The Sport Review
Shanghai Masters 2017: Rampant Roger Federer downs Rafael Nadal for 94th career title
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Eden Hazard told he must step his game up at Chelsea this season
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho told ‘quality’ Man United signing will shine at Old Trafford
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho reveals exactly when 27-year-old will return for Man United