West Ham Is Top Choice to Take Over Olympic Stadium
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West Ham United is the first-ranked bidder to develop the 2012 Olympic Stadium, London Mayor Boris Johnson told reporters on Wednesday (December 6). Johnson spoke after a meeting of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) which is coordinating the leasing and development of Olympic venues after the Games.

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - 2012)(OLYMPIC DELIVERY AUTHORITY - ACCESS ALL) 1. AERIAL VIEW OF OLYMPIC SITE WITH OLYMPIC STADIUM IN CENTRE LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (DECEMBER 5, 2012)(ITN - NO ACCESS UK/ ABC (Australia)/ TVNZ/ NO ACCESS "CO.UK" SITES/ NO USE AFTER 30 DAYS) 2. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LONDON MAYOR, BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "We have got a first-ranked bidder for the stadium. Four good bids came in as everybody knows but the bid that has been ranked top is West Ham United and I am very pleased about that. It will, if it goes through, mean a football legacy for the stadium but it needs to be sorted out." STORY: West Ham United is the first-ranked bidder to develop the 2012 Olympic Stadium, London Mayor Boris Johnson told reporters on Wednesday (December 6). Johnson spoke after a meeting of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) which is coordinating the leasing and development of Olympic venues after the Games. "We have got a first-ranked bidder for the stadium," Johnson told reporters afterwards. "Four good bids came in as everybody knows but the bid that has been ranked top is West Ham United and I am very pleased about that. It will, if it goes through, mean a football legacy for the stadium but it needs to be sorted out." Giving the Olympic Stadium a profitable future as a venue is a test of the LLDC's work. The London Games were won with a clear statement that Olympic venues were designed to be used fully after the Games were over, but the stipulation that the athletics track had to be available for international meetings while the infield was used for soccer matches has been seen as a sticking-point with bidders. Tottenham Hotspur had also been bidding for the site but dropped out, leaving West Ham as the principal football bidder.