West Ham United and Newham Council have issued the following statement in response to today's announcement - Friday 12 November - that their joint bid to take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games has been shortlisted by the Olympic Park Legacy Company:

"We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the next stage of the Olympic Stadium process. We now look forward to discussing further with the Olympic Park Legacy Company how West Ham and Newham can deliver the best legacy for the stadium by making it a busy, iconic centre of sport, education and culture that benefits not just East London, but the nation as a whole."