Brooking still has fond memories of the Boleyn
But agrees the Olympic stadium move is something we might have to do.
West Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking said he was “relaxed but realistic” over his old club’s proposed move from east London to the Olympic Stadium.
Sir Trevor believes the team’s battle against relegation must be a top priority and efforts to move to the £537 million Olympic Stadium will hinge on the strength of the business plan they can pull together.
With fond memories of West Ham’s Upton Park home ground, Sir Trevor told the Press Association: “I am relaxed about it (moving to the Olympic Stadium) either way and I am realistic because it may be something that needs to be done.
“The business plan with the costings is one of the things they will have to look at. I think the first thing for West Ham is they will have to stay up, then they would have to get a decision from the Olympic body and they would have to look to see if there is a realistic possibility of moving on.
“West Ham are very lucky to get 35,000 a week for their home games. They got a vital result at the weekend and that might help them stay in the Premier League. It (Upton Park) is one of those venues where people would like to see the team at the moment because of the history of the ground.”
West Ham have teamed up with Newham Council in a bid to become tenants of the Olympic Stadium after 2012. The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) began accepting proposals for future use of the venue last month.
West Ham’s new co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan took over the cash-strapped club in January and immediately confirmed their interest in relocating to the 80,000-capacity Olympic Stadium as they try to improve the club finances.
It is to be reduced to a 25,000-seater venue after the Games but the OPLC says it is staying open-minded about proposals – although it must have an athletic track as promised to the International Olympic Committee.
Bidders have been asked to make proposals, which can be anything from sporting, community, education, visitor attraction and commercial uses, for the site in Stratford, east London. The future use of the stadium will be settled by March 2011.