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No football for 2012 stadium—and no cash earners’ to boot

PUBLISHED: 21:14 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:58 05 October 2010

THE 2012 Olympic stadium is unlikely to be used by a football or rugby club after the Games, it has emerged. London 2012 bosses at Canary Wharf have been trying to persuade a club to move to the prestigious Stratford venue to ensure its financial viability

THE 2012 Olympic stadium is unlikely to be used by a football or rugby club after the Games, it has emerged.

London 2012 bosses at Canary Wharf have been trying to persuade a club to move to the prestigious Stratford venue to ensure its financial viability.

But no takers have been found and new ideas are being put forward—such as a sports academy’.

It could also be used for athletics and one-off events like rock concerts, large conventions and even American football.

But the £500 million stadium could end up a white elephant’ without a top football or rugby anchor’ cash cow, observers believe.

A Legacy Master Plan is being published in the next few months by the London Development Agency and Greater London Authority with ideas on what the stadium can be used for after 2012.

Much depends on the success of the proposed sports academy for 1,000 teenage students. But it would not meet the high running costs on its own and would need earners’ like one-off events if no football or rugby club is interested.


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