Olympic Stadium not up to Premier League standards

ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- The field inside London's Olympic Stadium is not up to Premier League standards and will have to be ripped up after the games using public funds to enable a soccer team to use the venue.

The 486 million pound ($767 million) stadium has been built without the under-soil heating required in England to stage top soccer matches.

West Ham would have paid up to 2 million pounds ($3.16 million) to install a new field with underground heating, but its long-term tenancy agreement was ripped up last year due to legal challenges.

Instead, the Olympic Park Legacy Company told The Associated Press it will have to pay for the post-games transformation of the stadium, which West Ham could just rent.