West Ham play down ground share talk

West Ham say it would be “impossible” to share their new Olympic Stadium ground with another Premier League club without their agreement.

Stadium bosses, London Legacy Development Corporation, told a tribunal that they would be open to discussions with Tottenham and


who are redeveloping their grounds.

But West Ham said they take “priority”.

Monday’s hearing was to rule on whether the full details of

West Ham’s contract

should be made public.

A decision will be made at a later date after much of Monday’s proceedings were held in private.

LLDC chief Geraldine Murphy told the tribunal that West Ham do not have the power to veto a ground share and that it remains “possible”.

But the LLDC did say that any new arrangement with a top-flight club would need the “co-operation” of West Ham and the Premier League.

“As anchor tenant we have primacy of use during the football season and our contract gives us overriding priority to use the stadium, ensuring our‎ fixtures and events are ring-fenced and will always take priority over all‎ other events,” said a West Ham spokesman.

“It would therefore be impossible to accommodate the fixtures of another Premier League club without West Ham agreeing – a position which was fully supported at today’s hearing.‎”

There is no suggestion an approach has been made, but Chelsea have applied for permission to redevelop Stamford Bridge and Spurs hope to move to their new 61,000-seat home –

on the existing White Hart Lane site

– for the 2018-19 season.

The London Assembly has called for the rental agreement

to be published in full,

but the LLDC argue it contains commercially sensitive information.

West Ham are in their final season at the Boleyn Ground before moving about three miles to the former Olympic Stadium in east London.


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