THE situation regarding the future tenancy of the Olympic Stadium is coming to a head now with only a matter of a couple of weeks expected before Boris Johnson’s announcement on which of the applicants will be awarded the stadium once it has been converted for its post-Games use.
The Olympic Stadium, and the legacy that comes with it, is crying out for a community partner, someone with its roots in the heart of east London who can embrace everything that the area has to offer and give it a lot back at the same time.
Our current transport links and parking problems would be solved and the extra capacity at our disposal would allow us to offer genuine long-term ticketing incentives to people from all walks of society – especially under-18s and other concession groups as well as the thousands of new residents of the Olympic Park housing developments.
All profit realised from the sale of Brisbane Road would be invested in the playing squad to lift us up to the next level.
The loyalty of our existing fans would not be forgotten in any move we make, and we would work with them to ensure that they are treated specially and rewarded for coming with us on what could be the most exciting journey any of us would ever have the chance to go on.
As I have always said, there would be full and complete consultation with fans throughout any process. We’ve already set the wheels in motion through the supporters groups and that will continue.
The legacy of London 2012 is about so much more than money and the powers that be have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a real difference with this decision.
Read the full story in the matchday programme for Saturday’s game against Sheffield United – on sale around the ground.