West Ham: Stadium decision is about promise made in Queen's name David Sullivan, West Ham co-owner 9 Feb 2011 What is an Olympic Park without an Olympic Stadium? Do we need the debate to go any further than that? West Ham are the only ones proposing to stay true to the Olympic legacy with a running track in the stadium - and we know it will work. I keep reading about 'white elephants' but the only elephant in the room is the one that suggests it is okay to rip up the track and bulldoze the Olympic Stadium to the ground - and in its place build a run-of-the-mill football stadium for a club that is over 10 miles away from the East End. Now, that would be crazy. Spurs claimed the other day that the decision should not be based on emotion. I disagree. I know as well as anyone that business is about the bottom line, the numbers and how they stack up - but when you have all that in place in a strong, secure and sound bid as we do, it still has to feel right. Good financial sense must sit side by side with honest sentiment. In fact, emotion can often drive a financial plan forward. The legacy of the Olympic Stadium affects us all. We have paid our taxes and have a vested interest in what happens after 2012. When David Gold and I came home to West Ham United after taking Birmingham City from the third tier of football to become an established Premier League name, we made the Olympic Stadium our priority. Initially, I didn't know if it could work but our due diligence, fans and the experts we have consulted at every step soon convinced me. Everything adds up and we are all now together on the starting line of a fantastic adventure. There is real excitement in the air and we just want to get going. It is right that we have a proposal that will make it possible for a multi-sports venue to be at the heart of the Olympic Park. Anything else simply won't be the Olympic Stadium. Anything else runs the risk of damaging the nation's reputation around the world and affecting the commercial viability of the wider legacy vision. If you believe in something, you will work harder and for longer to make it a success. You have to care. Lord Coe cares. He was emotional and full of sentiment when delivering the Olympic legacy promise which resulted in us winning the 2012 Games, against the odds. He cares as much as us about honouring that promise. Demolishing a feat of engineering and expertise that cost half-a-billion pounds and then knocking up a plain football ground in its place is about as cold and clinical as it gets. And, by the way, doesn't make financial sense. No wonder those who propose that option want the emotion stripped away and instead are choosing to patronise the tens of thousands of loyal Hammers fans who know a thing or two about atmosphere. We will be able to answer their desire for affordable tickets and better access at a world-class stadium that is fitting for a club that produced three World Cup winners. The fact we will be staying in our borough to do so just makes the case even more compelling. After £90million of conversion, we'll have great sightlines - no seat will have a worse view of the pitch than Wembley Stadium - and a new roof designed to create intimacy. I have no doubt that this stadium will succeed. The opportunity this country has to take a massive long jump forward will only come round once in two or three generations. I am a father of two boys and we owe it to young people across London to preserve the integrity of an iconic venue that would be the focus for the aspirations of many. It won't just be about sport but about education and culture. Are we really going to drive a bulldozer through all of that? Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: "All I care about is moving the club forward". I think we all know that is his sole motivation. Living and working locally, I make no secret of wanting the best for West Ham United but to do that while helping UK Athletics, Essex Cricket, the hundreds of schools that we are already working with and an area that so desperately needs regeneration is a great opportunity. That is what I care about. Sure I want it to be a financial success because the more it is, the more money will go straight back into the community and to the public purse. That's why we are equal partners with Newham Council. This isn't some private plan with offshore banks and tax exile investors waiting in the wings to profit from the UK taxpayer like myself. We all have our own sporting story. My dad, Wing Commander Eddie Sullivan, devoted his life to English amateur boxing and refereed internationally. Made an MBE, he was proud of being given a royal honour for something that he loved doing every single day. In a way, we as a nation have all been given a royal honour. With the Games entrusted to this country in Her Majesty's name - the Olympic Stadium at the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a medal for us all. It would lead to money being ploughed in locally while providing a vibrant global destination. That's why 12 Olympic boroughs and dozens of MPs across all political parties are publicly supporting our bid. They know the importance of matching our financial clout with their desire to care for their communities is a win-win. At the same time, my club would grow in a way that our fans - we have 700,000 supporters on our database and a 17,000 season-ticket waiting list - and worldwide name deserves, and national sports like athletics and cricket would get a major lift. This is fundamentally about what it would do to kick-start five regeneration projects in four boroughs. It is all about London. I spent my formative years in Forest Gate and Stratford and did my economics degree in Mile End. Everywhere you go - now as it was back then - there are people striving to better themselves against all the odds. People who want to take the emotion out of the East End clearly need a history lesson or two. We have our field of dreams at last and no one should be allowed to take it away.