Bookies’ odds that Olympics stadium is pulled down after 2012

BOOKIES are laying odds that London’s prestigious Olympics stadium now under construction is to be bulldozed once the 2012 Games are over. They give it 5/1

By Mike Brooke

BOOKIES are laying odds that London’s prestigious Olympics stadium now under construction is to be bulldozed once the 2012 Games are over.

The idea of turning it into a new Houses of Parliament’ as suggested by one East London MP has a rank outside chance of happening.

William Hill’s have opened a book at 5/1 that it gets the demolition treatment because there would be no viable purpose afterwards.

“There seems to be no obvious usage for the Stadium after the Games,” said Hills spokesman Graham Sharpe.


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“It would be no surprise to us if it were to be pulled down very shortly after the Olympics have finished.”

But flip a coin on the hallowed turf and you would find other odds finding good use for the stadium.

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The bookmakers reckon one primary use after January 1, 2014, would be a football stadium, home to West Ham as favourites at 7/4.

The odds are less favoured for three other top London clubs to move in, with Leyton Orient, Spurs or Chelsea at 16/1 against.

Becoming the National Athletics stadium is 5/2, an events venue for concerts at 6/1 and greyhound racing 5/1.

The rank outsider is a suggestion from ex-East End MP George Galloway to use it to replace the Houses of Parliament. The odds... 1000/1.

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