Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United will not find out which club has been successful in its bid for the Olympic Stadium on January 28th after it was confirmed the decision has been delayed.
The Olympic Park Legacy Committee insisted it had a duty to perform a ‘robust process’ when considering the rival bids although it does have the additional option of opting to convert the stadium to a 25,000 seats, mixed-use venue.
Tottenham plan to remove the athletics track from the stadium which has drawn criticism from those who are conscious the venue should leave a legacy to athletics. West Ham would keep the athletics track but would reduce the overall capacity of the ground.
An OPLC spokesman said: "Given the detailed nature of both bids received, we need more time to seek further clarification with both bidders in order to identify a preferred bidder.
"The stadium is a significant public asset and we have a duty to run a robust process.
"Securing the most appropriate solution for the stadium is vital to our long-term aspirations for the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the wider regeneration of the area.
"In going to market, the Legacy Company's aim was to consider options which would enhance and build on that plan."