“For West Ham it is the right thing. We will deliver the legacy everyone wants, attracting people to the Olympic Park,” said David Gold, the co-owner of West Ham United.
But Gold is slightly wide of the mark, as not all West Ham fans agree if it is the best thing for the club to move to the Olympic Stadium, or remain in their current home, the Boleyn Ground.
If West Ham seriously wants to move up a level, and out of the shadow of London rivals – Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur – then it needs to be playing in a sixty-thousand seat stadium to earn the extra revenue in order to attract better players.
As the saga of who is going to occupy the Olympic Stadium has dragged on, West Ham has been the only truly viable option, as the Olympic Stadium is situated in West Ham’s home borough of Newham, in East London.
It now seems that a deal has been reached with the London Legacy Development Corporation, after a compromise was agreed in principle over the commercial terms regarding the 99 year lease. But, it is also understood that lawyers working for the LLDC require a few weeks in order to make the contract more secure in light of the expected challenge from Leyton Orient.
The chance to play at the London Olympic Stadium is an incredible opportunity for West Ham to make the leap to Champions League football. They would almost double their capacity, and with that increased revenue, could then begin to challenge the dominance of the Premier League’s usual suspects.