Karren Brady has clarified that West Ham had no choice over the retractable seats, as she reveals changes may be made to make the London Stadium less costly to the taxpayer.
In her column for the Evening Standard the West Ham vice-chairman praised the London Stadium and shared that the club only made one request regarding the seats.
“First and foremost, West Ham never had any involvement in the choice of a retractable seating solution,” said Brady.
“Our only requirement has always been that the seats be brought as close as possible to the pitch.”
The vice-chairman went onto say that West Ham’s presence had benefited the local community by providing thousands of jobs and that there’s opportunity to make the stadium truly great.
“There is a clear opportunity to make this stunning, iconic stadium the jewel in London’s crown by adding a year-round programme of world-class events and vibrant content to the magnetic pull of the Premier League,” revealed Brady.
Brady wrote her column ahead of meeting the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan who seized control of the stadium in early December after launching an independent review into its running.
The Mayor was unhappy that taxpayers had been left with a huge bill which covered the stadium’s running due to it being used as a football ground.
Khan referred to the agreement with West Ham as one that was accepted on “incorrect financial estimates” and the Mayor vowed to renegotiate the deal.
When news first break about the independent review, Hammers fans had their own ideas about what to do.
Before signing off her column, Brady revealed that she was confident of resolving any issue with the Mayor and would make “quick changes” in order to “reduce cost” and fulfill the stadium’s potential.
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