West Ham reveal their Olympic Stadium look

aa-whstadium142.jpgWest Ham have unveiled details of their plans for the Olympic Stadium - and given a glimpse of how it will look if it became their new home.

The computer generated image shows an extended roof, and some of the wider facilities to be included in the complex.

It will include a football museum, interactive learning facilities and also be the focus for elite and community sports. West Ham plan to have it open for use by the summer of 2014.

The detail was made public at a special event at the House of Commons this morning, hosted by West Ham MP Lynn Brown.

They face a battle with Tottenham Hotspur for the right to move into the stadium after the 2012 Games, with a decision on who will be the preferred bidder to be made in the next few weeks.

Spurs plan to demolish most of the £537million venue and rebuild it as a football only ground. West Ham have pledged to keep the running track, seen as crucial in delivering the athletics legacy promised when Britain won the Olympic bid in 2005.

aa-whstadium480.jpgHammers' vice chairman Karren Brady said: "This image gives a true sense of how the Olympic Stadium would look post-conversion - a truly multi-purpose, multi-event stadium that would stand as a true home for sport in this country. We believe in legacy.

"It is important for the UK's credibility as a sporting nation to keep that promise. Pulling down the stadium would waste half-a-billion pounds in taxpayers' money.

West Ham have the support of more than 50 MPs for their plans, which have been developed in conjunction with Newham Council who are putting £40million into the project.

They also have the backing of UK Athletics, Essex County Cricket Club and Locog chairman Sebastian Coe.

A decision on the preferred bidder had been due to be made tomorrow by the board of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, but they deferred it so that they could examine the bid documents in more detail.


Stratty said:

Is this the only photo released. Cant tell WHAT it looks like!