West Ham United’s Karren Brady: Hard work got us the Olympic Stadium, not ‘fortune’

West Ham United will leave the Boleyn Ground and move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has written in The Sun that the club acquiring the Olympic Stadium was a result of hard work.

The Premier League outfit will move into the stadium in 2016 in what promises to be a very lucrative strategy for them.

According to BBC Sport, West Ham will move into the stadium used for the 2012 London Olympics in August 2016 and will pay around £2 million a year as rent.

Leyton Orient were also interested in moving to the stadium, according to BBC Sport, but it was West Ham who eventually won the race.

Brady has now made it clear that it was due to the club officials’ hard work that West Ham could get the rights to play their home games at the Olympic Stadium from 2016.

“‘The greatest stroke of fortune in football history’ is how West Ham acquiring the Olympic Stadium is described in a report today,” the 46-year-old wrote in her football diary in The Sun (Thursday entry).

“Fortune had nothing to do with it. It was a fierce contest and passion, determination and exceptional negotiating did it.”

“West Ham are providing our stadium with a solid century of full life, jobs, affordable football and entertainment,” added Brady.

Brady was probably responding to a report in The Guardian last week which stated: “Brady’s focus and £49m loans from Sullivan and Gold, on which they charge 6-7% interest, have hammered the club into shape to occupy the stadium, built with around £600m public money – surely the greatest stroke of fortune in football history.”

West Ham currently play their home games at Boleyn Ground, which has a capacity of around 35,000.

The Hammers are currently ninth in the Premier League table with 47 points from 35 matches.

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