The much-anticipated decision on whether Tottenham Hotspur or West Ham United would take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Olympic Games has been delayed and instead of that decision being made on Friday it will be made on...someday. The Olympic Park Legacy Company is meeting on Friday and it was expected that the group would announce who won the rights to take over the stadium site after that meeting, but on Monday they said that they would need additional time to study the two bids.
The bidding process and subsequent decision has been a divisive topic in the football and athletics community. The OPLC will now wait and make their decision on a yet to be determined date. The OPLC released a statement on the delayed decision.
"Tottenham Hotspur and AEG, and West Ham United and the London Borough of Newham made final offers as part of the decision process concerning the future of the Olympic Stadium.
"Given the detailed nature of both bids received, we need more time to seek further clarification with both bidders in order to identify a preferred bidder. The stadium is a significant public asset and we have a duty to run a robust process.
"Securing the most appropriate solution for the stadium is vital to our long-term aspirations for the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the wider regeneration of the area.
"In addition to the two shortlisted bids, the Legacy Company also has the option of the original plan to convert the Olympic Stadium to a 25,000 seats, mixed-use venue. In going to market, the Legacy Company's aim was to consider options which would enhance and build on that plan."