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vinnymarsdenvinnymarsden Posts: 560
edited June 2015 in The cake stop
Just heard on the BBC radio news….the Olympic Stadium, which is set to become West Hams new footballing home will go over £100million over budget for the work to make it a footy stadium, and guess what…the cost to be borne by us the taxpayers of the UK!!
Now I'm not saying it shouldn't happen, but why in the name of all that is sensible is the taxpayer expected to make good on something for a private enterprise like West Ham? The last I read Sky had splurged £5.5 billion for the rights to show the Premier League on TV..so don't anyone dare say there isn't enough money in football to do it. I cancelled my Sky Sports subs on the strength of that obscene deal, and hearing this news only makes me more angry. The club get the stadium EXACTLY as they want it…and lets face it..for FAR less than the cost of building a new one would be to them, and we foot the bill. It couldn't happen anywhere else but this stupid f ing country! Rather like the High Speed Train idea… we ALL suffer the cost for very little real benefit…if you REALLLLLY need to be in London 30mins earlier…catch an earlier train/set off earlier…its not rocket science, or the more likely scenario with both the Olympic stadium and the train…lots of MPs will have vested interests in some of the infrastructure work, so it gets pushed through, damn what the taxpayer feels about it.
I personally, if I want to invest tax money in sport would like to see grass roots sport funded properly, in Sheffield we had a sports stadium, even hosted some European athletics meetings…. what is it now?? Some college or other built on the site where Olympic stars used to train, and we wonder why future stars are dwindling. Cycling is next, the velodromes are few/far between, I think our nearest is Derby or Manchester……long way to go for VERY limited track time.
But please West Ham, enjoy the facilities that I/other taxpayers will be paying for, just don't pass on any savings in reduced tickets, or heaven forbid a sensible wage structure!!!
Rant over!!!

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  • FlâneurFlâneur Posts: 3,081
    Though I disagree with West Ham getting a free ride. I would prefer it to be used week in week out unlike some Olympic venues from history
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  • mamba80mamba80 Posts: 5,032
    Just heard on the BBC radio news….the Olympic Stadium, which is set to become West Hams new footballing home will go over £100million over budget for the work to make it a footy stadium, and guess what…the cost to be borne by us the taxpayers of the UK!!
    Now I'm not saying it shouldn't happen, but why in the name of all that is sensible is the taxpayer expected to make good on something for a private enterprise like West Ham? The last I read Sky had splurged £5.5 billion for the rights to show the Premier League on TV..so don't anyone dare say there isn't enough money in football to do it. I cancelled my Sky Sports subs on the strength of that obscene deal, and hearing this news only makes me more angry. The club get the stadium EXACTLY as they want it…and lets face it..for FAR less than the cost of building a new one would be to them, and we foot the bill. It couldn't happen anywhere else but this stupid f ing country! Rather like the High Speed Train idea… we ALL suffer the cost for very little real benefit…if you REALLLLLY need to be in London 30mins earlier…catch an earlier train/set off earlier…its not rocket science, or the more likely scenario with both the Olympic stadium and the train…lots of MPs will have vested interests in some of the infrastructure work, so it gets pushed through, damn what the taxpayer feels about it.
    I personally, if I want to invest tax money in sport would like to see grass roots sport funded properly, in Sheffield we had a sports stadium, even hosted some European athletics meetings…. what is it now?? Some college or other built on the site where Olympic stars used to train, and we wonder why future stars are dwindling. Cycling is next, the velodromes are few/far between, I think our nearest is Derby or Manchester……long way to go for VERY limited track time.
    But please West Ham, enjoy the facilities that I/other taxpayers will be paying for, just don't pass on any savings in reduced tickets, or heaven forbid a sensible wage structure!!!
    Rant over!!!

    Couldnt agree with you more, but this is the way this country is run, pseudo right wing, capitalism, market forces blah blah.... until they want state leftie intervention and then the tax payer picks up the bill :)

    it should be made into a multi use stadium not for football, which can afford it s own facilities.
  • chris_basschris_bass Posts: 4,913
    West Ham are only renting it though aren't they? I know it'll probably take about 20 years to pay it back but it isn't like they gave it to West Ham.

    hmmm, only £2.5m a year, but i guess it can be used for other things too. plus west ham don't own the naming rights, I'd like to think another team will buy them and call it something wildly inappropriate!
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  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 7,794
    The Olympics was always a vanity project, should have let someone else have it and pay for it. Yes it was nice to have here for a few weeks but that money could have made a real difference to sports facilities and participation.

    As for the stadium - apparently it's a 99year lease - everything I've read says West Ham have got a very good deal out of the taxpayer.
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  • vinnymarsdenvinnymarsden Posts: 560
    Chris,

    You are right, the stadium isn't theirs, but realistically the cost of building a new stadium on the scale of the olympic one is outside West Hams price range, their input..for all the work……a measly £15million !!!
    Sell that donkey Carroll and their contribution sorted!!
    I personally want a few bricks with my families names on them in there…cos I/they are paying for it, once again all the money centred in London...
  • Frank the tankFrank the tank Posts: 6,553
    Just heard on the BBC radio news….the Olympic Stadium, which is set to become West Hams new footballing home will go over £100million over budget for the work to make it a footy stadium, and guess what…the cost to be borne by us the taxpayers of the UK!!
    Now I'm not saying it shouldn't happen, but why in the name of all that is sensible is the taxpayer expected to make good on something for a private enterprise like West Ham? The last I read Sky had splurged £5.5 billion for the rights to show the Premier League on TV..so don't anyone dare say there isn't enough money in football to do it. I cancelled my Sky Sports subs on the strength of that obscene deal, and hearing this news only makes me more angry. The club get the stadium EXACTLY as they want it…and lets face it..for FAR less than the cost of building a new one would be to them, and we foot the bill. It couldn't happen anywhere else but this stupid f ing country! Rather like the High Speed Train idea… we ALL suffer the cost for very little real benefit…if you REALLLLLY need to be in London 30mins earlier…catch an earlier train/set off earlier…its not rocket science, or the more likely scenario with both the Olympic stadium and the train…lots of MPs will have vested interests in some of the infrastructure work, so it gets pushed through, damn what the taxpayer feels about it.
    I personally, if I want to invest tax money in sport would like to see grass roots sport funded properly, in Sheffield we had a sports stadium, even hosted some European athletics meetings…. what is it now?? Some college or other built on the site where Olympic stars used to train, and we wonder why future stars are dwindling. Cycling is next, the velodromes are few/far between, I think our nearest is Derby or Manchester……long way to go for VERY limited track time.
    But please West Ham, enjoy the facilities that I/other taxpayers will be paying for, just don't pass on any savings in reduced tickets, or heaven forbid a sensible wage structure!!!
    Rant over!!!

    Couldnt agree with you more, but this is the way this country is run, pseudo right wing, capitalism, market forces blah blah.... until they want state leftie intervention and then the tax payer picks up the bill :)

    it should be made into a multi use stadium not for football, which can afford it s own facilities.
    Nice one Mamba.
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  • ballysmateballysmate Posts: 15,903
    Just heard on the BBC radio news….the Olympic Stadium, which is set to become West Hams new footballing home will go over £100million over budget for the work to make it a footy stadium, and guess what…the cost to be borne by us the taxpayers of the UK!!
    Now I'm not saying it shouldn't happen, but why in the name of all that is sensible is the taxpayer expected to make good on something for a private enterprise like West Ham? The last I read Sky had splurged £5.5 billion for the rights to show the Premier League on TV..so don't anyone dare say there isn't enough money in football to do it. I cancelled my Sky Sports subs on the strength of that obscene deal, and hearing this news only makes me more angry. The club get the stadium EXACTLY as they want it…and lets face it..for FAR less than the cost of building a new one would be to them, and we foot the bill. It couldn't happen anywhere else but this stupid f ing country! Rather like the High Speed Train idea… we ALL suffer the cost for very little real benefit…if you REALLLLLY need to be in London 30mins earlier…catch an earlier train/set off earlier…its not rocket science, or the more likely scenario with both the Olympic stadium and the train…lots of MPs will have vested interests in some of the infrastructure work, so it gets pushed through, damn what the taxpayer feels about it.
    I personally, if I want to invest tax money in sport would like to see grass roots sport funded properly, in Sheffield we had a sports stadium, even hosted some European athletics meetings…. what is it now?? Some college or other built on the site where Olympic stars used to train, and we wonder why future stars are dwindling. Cycling is next, the velodromes are few/far between, I think our nearest is Derby or Manchester……long way to go for VERY limited track time.
    But please West Ham, enjoy the facilities that I/other taxpayers will be paying for, just don't pass on any savings in reduced tickets, or heaven forbid a sensible wage structure!!!
    Rant over!!!

    Couldnt agree with you more, but this is the way this country is run, pseudo right wing, capitalism, market forces blah blah.... until they want state leftie intervention and then the tax payer picks up the bill :)

    it should be made into a multi use stadium not for football, which can afford it s own facilities.
    Nice one Mamba.

    Not a Hammers fan nor an avid football fan but what would these 'multi uses' be? As posted above, the Sheffield arena was converted to something else. If there had been greater demand for sporting facilities, perhaps it would have survived.
  • jawoogajawooga Posts: 530
    The chairmen will be laughing all the way to the bank once they sell off the Boleyn, and again if they can then flog the club at a handsome profit. So, yeah I have some sympathy that football clubs don't need any help. That said, I reckon West Ham or any club requiring a modern stadium would've been interested in buying at a sensible price, but Coe had already promised it would be an athletics legacy and therefore multi sport with tenants was the only option on the table. Additionally, architects plans that would've foreseen all this were rejected - recent article that I now can't find - because Coe wanted to politic with the IOC/IAAF and claim it would be an athletics stadium.

    So the only sensible solution would've been west ham or spurs as tenants, a long term rent, contribution to costs that arose because the authorities screwed up their planning. And ensuring the stadium is not a white elephant is the only way of ensuring many different sports people can use it. Again, I think the chairmen will cash in, but I don't agree that this is at the detriment of other sports or that it is the fault of football that the tax payer has incurred such high costs.
  • Smokin JoeSmokin Joe Posts: 2,706
    FFS stop whinging.

    We won you the bloody world cup, the least we deserve is a new stadium.
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