Since when has the British taxpayer started funding Premier League stadiums ? I honestly don't get this shit.
The Olympic stadium originally cost around £500m, mostly paid for by the taxpayer.
The redevelopment cost is around £200million, mostly paid for by the taxpayer.
West Ham have paid £15m of that, but will get at least £20m out of the Upton Park sale to developers.They will pay £2.5m per season rent (99yr lease) but everything else is essentially free from policing, stewarding, maintenance, heating... down to the fucking goal posts and corner flags.
Any other team has to pay/fund their own new stadiums, yet the British taxpayer is paying for West Ham to have an essentially brand new, free 60,000 stadium with next to no running costs either !
You couldn't make this shit up.
I honestly don't know how this is legal.
Would not this be state sponsorship?
I'm pretty sure the deal was already investigated twice by an independence body. I don't see anything changing in future. It was either this or the stadium went on the scrap heap, because the costly refit was happening anyway and no one else was going to pay for it. West Ham don't own it, they rent it, so it'll still be used for other sporting events by the government.
The tax payer pays £200m for the West Ham refit. The rest of the work would have been done either way. Don't worry, in a century when we're all dead it'll be turning a profit for us