February 11 - West Ham United and Newham Council have revealed their delight after the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) today officially confirmed they had selected the duo's bid ahead of that of Tottenham Hotspur and AEG as the preferred tenant for the Olympic Stadium in Stratford after the London 2012 Games.
Shortly after the announcement, Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales (pictured) and West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold held a joint press conference here at Forman's Fish Island, the closest venue to the 2012 Olympic Stadium, and could not fail to hide their joy at finally securing the prize venue.
"We are delighted by the announcement," said Sir Robin.
"We think this decision is the right one and the nation will be the biggest winner.
"We are pleased the OPLC has recognised our bid.
"Our bid is about giving something back to the community, to London and the country.
"We will make the stadium a magnet for visitors across Britain, Europe and the world, to view and participate in a wide range of sport and entertainment fixtures."
Sullivan said: "London won the right to host the Olympics by making a promise to leave a lasting legacy, not just for us and our children but for future generations.
"This announcement means we will fulfil the promise Sebastian Coe made to the International Olympic Committee and it means we will inspire people in Newham and beyond.
Gold added: "We were delighted when public opinion supported this view, and this overwhelming public support has been recognised by the OPLC.
"We want to create a situation where people will feel good about community education projects and more.
"That means every member of our community could access the Olympic Stadium.
"Spectacular events drawing huge crowds could sit side by side with community activities."
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady and Newham Council chief executive Kim Bromley-Derry (pictured) were also in attendance and revealed they were equally delighted by the OPLC's decision.
Brady said: "Today is a momentous day.
"I would like to thank the Olympic Park Legacy Company for making us preferred bidder and acknowledge everyone involved in what has been a truly professional process.
"I would also like to recognise the significant contribution of Newham Council, who have shared in our exciting vision from day one, and thank our supporters for trusting in us to take West Ham United to a new level.
"We are proud to have been passed the Olympic torch and fully embrace the responsibility we have for keeping the flame alive.
"We have been working on this project for some time now and are just at the starting line of the race to make this a stadium that will really make the nation proud.
"With our partners we know exactly how to do it.
"We are working on realising our proposals already.
"We would like to say far more but fully understand we are still under the process and must continue to respect it - as we have to this point.
"To West Ham supporters, I look forward to extending our consultation process - now that we have the mandate from the OPLC to do so - and I guarantee their views will continue to be heard.
"We simply cannot wait to show them around this impressive and intimate stadium so they can truly experience the awe and excitement that all who visit are compelled to feel.
"The club is run by supporters and today is another great day in our proud history.
"This will be your stadium and an atmospheric home for generations to come.
"Our vision is to move forward always with an eye on the past.
"We have been granted a once in a lifetime opportunity to grow our club in a way its huge fan base deserves and to really give something back to the community of which it is such an intrinsic part.
"The nation has kept its promise and we'll keep ours.
Bromley-Derry added: "This is a historic day for the people of Newham.
"We look forward to working with West Ham for many, many years to create a real legacy for the people in this area and beyond."
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