West Ham ruled out of Olympic stadium

WITH THE Hammers hopes of a new stadium of their own close to West Ham underground station seemingly on permanent hold, another option for the club disappeared this week. Former chairman Eggert Magnusson had looked into the prospect of moving the club in

WITH THE Hammers' hopes of a new stadium of their own close to West Ham underground station seemingly on permanent hold, another option for the club disappeared this week.

Former chairman Eggert Magnusson had looked into the prospect of moving the club into the Olympic Stadium in Stratford after the 2012 Games, and even had discussions with the then mayor Ken Livingstone.

But it seems that both new mayor Boris Johnson, as well as the government have ruled out the possibility of any Premier League team moving to the stadium.

Johnson said: "In the end there were insuperable obstacles to do that.


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"With the shape of the stadium it would have cost far more to have created a stadium suitable for Premier League football, even if there had been a Premier League club willing to come to the table."

The Olympic stadium will shrink from an 80,000 stadium to one with a 25,000 capacity after the Games.

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