Cole, Parker and Noble deliver West Ham’s stadium bid
WEST Ham United players including Scott Parker, Carlton Cole and Mark Noble will today deliver the club’s bid for the 2012 Olympic Stadium to 10 Downing Street.
They will be joined by Newham Young Mayor Kaycee de Belen and pupils from Cleves Primary School, Upton Park, to hand in the radical plan.
The proposal, which is a joint bid with Newham Council, is to make the venue a vibrant centre of sport, education and culture.
The plan would see most of the iconic stadium structure retained after the 2012 Games. It would be adapted to have a 60,000-capacity and host football and athletics, alongside other major sports, concerts and community facilities.
“The last thing anyone wants is for the Olympic Stadium to become a ghost of Olympics past.”
Karren Brady, West Ham vice-chairman
The joint bid has already been welcomed by Sebastian Coe and Ed Warner, the chairman of UK Athletics, as well as a number of major businesses in East London.
Kaycee, 16, said: “The London 2012 bid promised a legacy of regeneration in East London and local young people have so much to gain from living in the Olympic host borough. But it’s essential we secure the use of the stadium to benefit Newham’s youngsters as well as those living in the neighbouring host boroughs.”
The plans would see the stadium playing a key role in inspiring learning and achievement, with thousands of youngsters visiting each year to make use of its facilities. It is hoped the venue will house innovative and exciting education resources.
One of the proposals is to incorporate an Olympic visitor centre and football museum at the stadium to combine with other attractions in the Olympic Park and Westfield Shopping Centre to make the area a tourist hub.
The relocation of West Ham to the Olympic venue would also offer the opportunity for the current Upton Park stadium site to form part of a regeneration scheme that would include new homes, shops and community facilities.
Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “Our bid with West Ham is the natural and logical solution that will provide a legacy for decades to come.
“Our plans will deliver upwards of two million visitors each year and provide a significant beacon in the East End that will fulfil the original London 2012 bid commitments.
“A busy stadium will enhance the regeneration of the wider area and importantly, there will be no cost to the public purse after the stadium’s conversion.”
West Ham United Vice-Chairman Karren Brady said: “We believe this is the only bid that can deliver London’s legacy commitment to the International Olympic Committee.
“The last thing anyone wants is for the Olympic Stadium to become a ghost of Olympics past. The only realistic solution is to make the stadium work for a Premier League football team and that should be West Ham United.