Olympic Stadium timeline

West Ham were today confirmed as the new tenants

 

July 2009 – The legacy of the Olympic Stadium is talked up by Tony Blair and former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell, despite the fact that no tenant for it had been found for after the Games.

March 2010 – An announcement is made by Newham council and West Ham United stating that they are working on a collective agreement to take the site over to host football and athletics. The council also claim that stadium will be used for ‘culture and education’.

October 2010 – Tottenham Hotspur make a last-ditch bid to win the tenancy, but declare their intention of scrapping the athletics track. Most fans are opposed to the idea of moving the club.

November 2010 – The two final bidders shortlisted are West Ham and Tottenham according to the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

February 2011 – 14 members of the Olympic Park Legacy Company vote in favour of West Ham in a unanimous victory for the east London club.

April 2011 – Spurs challenge the motion and show their intentions by engaging in a legal battle. Leyton Orient also take legal action, but against Newham council for facilitating West Ham’s bid.

June 2011 – High court rejects bids by Tottenham and Orient to block West Ham’s move.

October 2011 -  Deal between West Ham and Newham council breaks down, but the Hammers still look likely to secure the venue.

July 2012 – Deadline is extended for proposals to be submitted by bidders.

December 2012 – The London Legacy Development Corporation board  name West Ham as the preferred candidates for Stratford tenancy.

March 2013 – Hammers confirmed as future tenants, likely to move in for the start of the 2016/17 season.  Stadium changed will include a capacity adjustment (54,000) and will cost at least £150 million.

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there