West Ham United are to receive up to £2.5 million-a-year of taxpayers money for Olympic Stadium running costs according to a new report, writes the Mirror.
A Freedom of Information request by the BBC revealed that West Ham will be given substantial assistance by taxpayers in the running of their soon to be home stadium.
It shows that the contract between the London Legacy Development Company (LLDC) and West Ham states that the cost of many "facilities and services" will be covered by taxpayer money rather than that of the club itself.
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The Hammers will move into the Olympic Stadium next summer, ending their 112 year stay at Upton Park. Business experts say that the bill paid by taxpayers will be between £1.4 million to £2.5 million per annum.
It has also been reported that the Irons are to pay £2.5 million in rent each year, meaning the public could be paying for up to half of the annual costs at the venue.
In defence of the deal, West Ham released a statement on their website: "Without us the stadium would lose money. The suggestion we are getting the stadium rent free is categorically wrong - we are more than paying our way."
West Ham start the their final season at Upton Park with a trip across London to face Arsenal before welcoming Leicester City to the officially named Boleyn Ground.
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