Ever since West Ham United were announced as the club chosen to move into the Olympic Stadium this summer, fans and even owners of other clubs have questioned the deal. How could such a tiny little club who are surely relegation candidates like West Ham get one of the best stadiums in Europe, they said.
Just last week the details of the deal were unveiled, and although David Gold, David Sullivan and Karen Brady welcomed the decision and said that they had nothing to hide, many were still waiting to find something to complain about.
It turns out however, that the deal in place is not as shady or outrageous as people were hoping, and instead it represents a good deal for the taxpayer, despite what it initially suggests.
Yes, the deal is a good one, because the Hammers have a brand new stadium for the lowly price of £2.5m-per-year, but it is important to remember that the club will only be using it for roughly 25 days of the footballing calendar. If they play any games over that amount, they owe a further £100,000 per match.
I don't get what's wrong with West Ham getting the Olympic Stadium, they had an opportunity to expand their club, and they did it. Fairplay.— ㅤ (@Evertxn) April 14, 2016
The bit that is drawing a lot of the attention is the fact that the club does not have to fork out for running costs, maintenance or even corner flags. But bar the running costs, it is akin to renting a flat as one would usually expect it to come with the essentials and the landlord to be responsible for fixing things when they break.
What is being overlooked in all of this, is that the other offers on the table were, quite frankly, ridiculous. Leyton Orient wanted the ground, the same Leyton Orient who attract roughly 5000 to their games, and the other two conversion options were to turn it into a Formula One track or facilities for a university's sports degree.
Other than that, Tottenham Hotspur wanted to knock the whole building down and start again, which means that the taxpayer's money to build it in the first place would have been wasted.
West Ham were the only viable option, and the Hammers actually wanted to buy the ground, but rules were in place to prevent them from buying a ground built using state money.
The taxpayer costs seem bad at a glance, but the LLDC will receive money from stadium naming rights, profits from catering and other bonuses, depending on the club's league and cup standings.
1. Why are West Ham getting blame for price of Olympic Stadium? LLDC agreed the deal. In the same position would your Club want to pay more?— David Baker (@DavidBaker66) April 16, 2016
The local area will see a boom as more jobs become available and more shops, bookies and eateries open to support the match-day crowd.
People who were hoping for a scandal with the release of the Olympic Stadium deal will probably be digging around for something to complain about right now, but without West Ham, taxpayers money would have been used for something else either way.
If you look at other Olympic Stadiums around the world, some are derelict and an eyesore on the city's skyline, but West Ham United will be putting money back into the local area and giving a future to a stadium that holds so many happy memories from the 2102 games.