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West Ham Submits Bid to Use Olympic Facility as Soccer Stadium

West Ham United submitted a bid to use the Olympic stadium after the Games end later this year, the London soccer club said.

The deadline to apply to take over the facility is today, and West Ham is applying to be the anchor tenant of the site, it said on its website. The plan is supported by U.K. Athletics, and keeps the ability to host track meets, including the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

“It has been my firm, unwavering belief that the stadium can truly become a multi-use destination of which east London and the nation as a whole can be proud,” West Ham vice chairman Karren Brady said in the statement.

London organizers recommended in February 2011 a bid from the east London-based West Ham and the borough of Newham over a joint attempt by Tottenham Hotspur and AEG, a U.S.-based entertainment facility operator.

In October, the agreement to award the occupancy to the Hammers, who had promised to keep the running track, collapsed following a series of legal challenges from Tottenham and east London soccer club Leyton Orient. Spurs wanted to make it a soccer-only stadium and pay to refurbish a running center in south London, but has gotten support for a new stadium in Haringey, north London.

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