British Police secure the area outside the London Stadium as fans arrive before the English League Cup, round of 16 soccer match between West Ham United and Chelsea, Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016. ( Nick Potts / PA via AP)
LONDON, Nov 2: The mayor of London has ordered an investigation into the rising costs of converting the Olympic Stadium into the home venue for Premier League club West Ham.
The centerpiece of the 2012 London Games has been transformed into a 60,000-seat multi-purpose venue at a cost of $400 million, about $60 million more than initially estimated. British taxpayers are set to foot the spiraling bill.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan's office says "a detailed investigation into the full range of financial issues surrounding the stadium" has been ordered.
West Ham has a 99-year lease on the venue, which is now called London Stadium, and pays an annual rent of 2.5 million pounds (now $3 million) that covers nearly all their costs. The club also contributed 15 million pounds ($18.4 million) toward the conversion costs, with taxpayers paying the rest.