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West Ham bid for Olympics stadium

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West Ham have launched a joint bid with Newham Council to leave Upton Park and move to the Olympics Stadium in Stratford after the 2012 games.   They have said that the plan would allow athletics use of the stadium, but the running track is an obstacle to allowing football fans close to the game which is what they like and gives a much better atmosphere.   There are also questions about who would pay for reducing the stadium capacity from 80,000 to 50,000.    West Ham are also unlikely to be unopposed as nearby Leyton Orient have expressed an interest in moving to the stadium, although they would have greater difficulty in generating a large enough crowd.