West Ham are celebrating a 14-0 victory over Tottenham to make the Olympic Stadium its new home and tackling the athletics legacy plans which were key to its success.
All 14 members of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) board voted to make the Hammers first choice, ahead of Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, to move into the stadium after London 2012.
Now the club faces the hard work of fighting off relegation and plotting the fine details to make the £537 million showpiece stadium in Stratford, east London, a successful multi-use arena for football, athletics, concerts and community use.
West Ham, in a joint bid with Newham Council, intend to convert the 80,000-seater stadium into a 60,000-capacity facility which retains an athletics track. The club plans to move from Upton Park in 2014-15 with a 250-year lease and give a 250-year lease to UK Athletics (UKA).
West Ham vice chairman Karren Brady said: "Not only do we know it can work, we are determined to make it work so that for as long as we are there, they are there."
Keeping a running track has always been a controversial step as critics, including Spurs manager Harry Redknapp and Brazilian legend Pele, claim the distance from the football action could kill the atmosphere.
West Ham plan to spend £95 million converting the stadium after London 2012. This includes £40 million from Newham plus a £35 million conversion pot from the OPLC. Club officials were remaining tight-lipped about the make-up of the remainder. West Ham would be tenants under a special purpose vehicle arrangement. West Ham and Newham would be shareholders and effectively work to operate the stadium together.
West Ham's success in reaching this stage also means that ministers and London mayor Boris Johnson, who could have been accused of breaking athletics legacy promises to the International Olympic Committee, have been saved huge potential embarrassment.
Tottenham's plans, part of a joint bid with AEG sport and entertainment group, had been to create a football-only stadium without the track and redevelop Crystal Palace for athletics.
The OPLC's decision to make West Ham its preferred bidder still has to be rubber-stamped by the Government and the London Mayor's office but it would be surprising if they did not accept the recommendation andcontracts were not signed by the end of the financial year.