Olympic Stadium Deal – The major points

osThe previously confidential agreement between the LLDC/Newham council and West Ham United has finally been published this morning. To save you reading through the legal 207 page document which can be found here we have summarised the main facts below for you:

West Ham contribution to conversion costs:  £15m

West Ham Stadium rental: West Ham will pay a rent of £2.5m per year in the Premier League for the first 25 games and £100,000 per game for any additional games beyond that per year. The rent includes  exclusive occupation of the club store, ticket office, board room, player’s lounge, office space and storage areas. The rent is index linked so will increase with inflation.

Relegation clause: West Ham’s rent will halve to £1.25m if they are relegated from the Premier League and remain discounted until they are promoted again.

Champions League clause: West Ham will have to pay up an extra £1m in rent for the Olympic Stadium any year they win the Champions League.  West Ham will have to pay up an extra £250,000 in rent for the stadium any year they qualify for the Champions League group stage

Cup Clause: West Ham will have to pay up an extra £100,000 in rent for the Olympic Stadium any year they win the FA Cup or Europa League

Europa league clause:  West Ham will have to pay up an extra £100,000 in rent for the Olympic Stadium any year they qualify for the Europa league

Stadium Naming rights: The first £4m of any naming rights deal will go to the stadium owners, with anything above that shared between the owners and West Ham on a 50/50 basis. West Ham’s share of the naming rights in capped to all monies paid to the stadium owners in rent and performance payments. This means if the stadium naming rights were sold for £10m per year we would pay nothing for use of the stadium.

Pitch side advertising rights: West Ham will retain 90% of the pitch side advertising rights on match days.

Catering rights: West Ham share 30% of catering revenue at the Olympic stadium on anything over £500,000 each year.

League position clauses: West Ham will pay  extra £25,000 in rent if they finish 10th in the Premier League, £40,000 for 9th, £55,000 for 8th, £70,000 for 7th, £85,000 for 6th and £100,000 for a top five finish in the Premier League.

West Ham sell on clause: E20 Stadium LLP would receive a payment of £9.2m & £11.2m West Ham is ever sold between £125m and £149m.  They would receive a payment equalling 10% (£15m & £20m) if West Ham is ever sold between £150m and £200m. The payment would increase to 20% (£40m & £60m) if West Ham is sold between £200m and £300m in the first 5 years and 30% (at least £90m) if the club is sold for over £300m in the first five years.  If West Ham is sold for over £300m between the 6th and 10th year of occupation of the Olympic Stadium then 20% of the selling price is due to the stadium owners. If the club was sold for £500m in 9 years time then £100m would be due to E20 Stadium LLP.

Community Clause: West Ham will need to comply with the community clause to offer up to 100,000 general admission tickets free charge of charge to residents of Newham and/or community groups, charities, clubs and similar organisation each football season.

Stadium maintenance clause: The stadium owners are responsible for all utilities including heating, power, light and water. The cost and maintenance of the pitch, under soil heating, flood lighting, goal posts, goal nets, corner flags, dug outs and changing rooms. The stadium owners will cover the cost of  policing, stewarding, security and cleaning.

Sharing clause:  West Ham are entitled to a 50% discount on their rent £1.25m if they share the Olympic Stadium with any other football club that use the stadium as their home ground.


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

7 comments on “Olympic Stadium Deal – The major points

  1. Will this stop people *****ing over the deal?? No chance. Wont want to hear that we are only renting the stadium for 25 days a year & anyone can rent the place during the summer months. Will still bore us all with the old £272m+ cost to redevelope the stadium just for West Ham & forget it is now a multi-use venue fit for everything.
    if we paid for the work ourself would we be able to charge other users?? AND WHY THE F##K WASN’T THE STADIUM DESIGNED FOR FUTURE USE BEFORE IT WAS BUILT?? So much money could have been saved. A mighty f##k up by everyone who was involved & West Ham are being blamed for the cost of fixing said f##k up!!

  2. thank you very much for the Olympic stadium, thank you very much, thank you very very much

  3. The deal would have been scrutinised by high paid consultants on both sides – why these stupid people think they could do better is beyond me!

    I think its quite a clever deal for both sides: the £2.5m plus naming rights plus shares in lots of other bits and pieces and extras depending on West Ham’s success. The biggest plus is they have a stadium to sell for 340 days per year where they keep all the money.

    Poor Barry Hearn! Reckons his dog could have got a better deal for the public.

    I wonder why he didn’t let it, then?!

    Apart from blatant jealousy, there is possibly ‘history’ between Hearn and (David and/or David)?

    On a good day, I guess Orient’s supporters might have filled the seats round half the running track. Similarly, those of Charlton. So, that would have taken care of the whole running track.

    As for Totts, Levy was very shrewd in threatening to WANT to move to the OS. Probably screwed millions out of Harringay Council towards their new ground (next to the old one).

    All winners but still some whiners.

    • What Hearn overlooks is the fact that the LLDC’s objective wasn’t to recover the costs of building the stadium in full from the tenants! Obviously if they’d wanted someone to pay £800m back over 99 years they’d have struck a different deal. Or rather, they’d have failed to do a deal as it just doesn’t work that way. Well done lady Brady!!!

  4. I wonder if the two Davids will ever ask for ” right to reply ” to the utter nonsense on the BBC news. The BBC website gave the same details as Sean’s post, but the evening news on the BBC concentrated on 2.5 million total for rent.
    They didn’t even mention the Catering share out, or the other points except the naming rights, but still went on to hammer home the lie of 2.5 million. They ended up talking about the cost of running the show being down to the tax payer, but my calculations show us paying at least 10 million per year.
    We should consider suing the BBC.

  5. As Jose Mourinho said, “the dogs bark and the caravan moves on”. COYI!!

  6. The Prague Prat & his Charlton Life minions bask in glory over the decision while their club drops into the oblivion of League One.What a shame.

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