Sullivan offers loads of money to land that stadium
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has indicated that the club would be willing to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in rent for every home match if the club is given permission to move to London’s Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Olympic Games.
As part of the BBC School Report News Day last week, Sullivan was interviewed by schoolchildren about his plans for the club. According to the BBC, Sullivan suggested that West Ham would pay half of the gate receipts for each home match – totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds – in rent to the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC).
The future of the stadium has been hotly debated ever since London was awarded the Games. West Ham are keen to move in, and the Hammers’ arrival would guarantee large crowds continuing to use the stadium. In a similar fashion, the stadium used for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester has since become home to Manchester City. Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has led the campaign to have the stadium included as a venue should England win the right to host the 2018 Fifa World Cup.