London: West Ham United took an important step towards moving into London's Olympic Stadium after being granted 'first bidder' status by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) on Wednesday.
The Premier League team are competing with third-tier football club Leyton Orient, a football business college and a Formula One racing group to become permanent tenants of the east London arena.
"We had four good bids, as everybody knows. The bid that has been ranked top is West Ham United. I am very pleased about that," said LLDC chairman and London Mayor Boris Johnson.