Karren Brady’s admission that Chelsea have inquired about ground sharing the Olympic Stadium “in 2018” will not be kicked into touch without a second thought from West Ham.
The vice chairman revealed in her Sun column today (Sat) hat she had shown Chelsea officials around the OS adding: “I have very good relations with Chelsea and, yes, they have enquired about a ground share in 2018.
Any final decision on letting the Blues move in will be ours and not the London Legacy Development Corporation’s, or indeed Chelsea’s.”
We spoke to a top insider at the club this morning and it was made crystal clear the fans’ position would be the first consideration in any decision.
He said: “We have good relationships with Chelsea. There was never any question of us sharing with Tottenham Hotspur but you would look at Chelsea in a different light. However, any arrangement could only be for a temporary one year and we would wait on the fan reaction.”
Were such an arrangement to go ahead it would give the Hammers a financial windfall in the shape of halved rent for the season.
Our source said: ” West Ham is entitled to a 50% discount on their £2.5m annual rent if we share but I don’t know how appealing the prospect would be to Chelsea or any other club because the stadium is so very West Ham. The stadium now looks and feels like our home.
“We have the shop and the only offices so I’m really not sure it works for anybody else. We have to agree fixtures with Premier League so that’s possibly a stumbling block.”