Olympic Stadium cannot open until summer of 2015 at earliest

16:21 07 November 2012

The Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium

Archant

If West Ham play at iconic Games venue it will not be until August 2016

West Ham could not move into the Olympic Stadium until the summer of 2016 should the Premiership club win their bid to play there.

The London Assembly heard today that the amount of work needed to convert the London 2012 venue means it would not re-open to the public until August 2015.

Newly appointed Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, Dennis Hone, told members of the Budget and Performance Committee at City Hall.

The departing London 2012 Games chief told the Committee that the Corporation was exploring various design options to convert the stadium to meet the specifications of the four bidders, including the Hammers, Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur, with the most complex options unlikely to be completed until the start of the football season in August 2016.

Talks have been held with the bidders but none of the adaptation work has been taken to the market yet.

He also denied reports that the stadium could be home to an American Football team, saying no formal bid had been received, and no approach had been made outside of the bidding process.

John Biggs, committee chair and east London Assembly Member said news of delays to the legacy was disappointing.

He saiod: “Regardless of who gets the stadium, a huge amount of work will need to be done before it can reopen to the public.”

He added that over the next three or four years, the Corporation will face extra cost while coping with lost rent and lower visitor numbers on the Olympic Park.

London Mayor Boris Johnson is likely to be quizzed on the stadium’s future at a public meeting at City Hall on next Wednesday.West Ham could not move into the Olympic Stadium until the summer of 2016 should the Premiership club win their bid to play there.

The London Assembly heard on Wednesday that the amount of work needed to convert the London 2012 venue means it would not re-open to the public till August 2015 newly appointed Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, Dennis Hone, told members of the Budget and Performance Committee at City Hall.

The former Games chief told the Committee that the Corporation was exploring various design options to convert the stadium to meet the specifications of the four bidders, including the Hammers, Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur, with the most complex options unlikely to be completed until the start of the football season in August 2016.

Talks have been held with the bidders but none of the adaptation work has been taken to the market yet.

He also denied reports that the stadium could be home to an American Football team, saying no formal bid had been received, and no approach had been made outside of the bidding process.

John Biggs, committee chair and east London Assembly Member said news of delays to the legacy was disappointing.

“Regardless of who gets the stadium, a huge amount of work will need to be done before it can reopen to the public.”

He added that over the next three or four years, the Corporation will face extra cost while coping with lost rent and lower visitor numbers on the Olympic Park.

London Mayor Boris Johnson is likely to be quizzed on the stadium’s future at a public meeting at City Hall next Wednesday.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Read more
Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Read more

Latest Tech News