What The Future Holds For Olympic Stadium

With the result due soon to find out who takes over the Olympic Stadium after the games in 2012 we look at what Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham plan to do should their bid prove successful.

On 18th August 2010 the formal bidding process began as to who would take over the Olympic Stadium after the games conclusion in 2012. In November the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) announced two bids had been shortlisted, Tottenham Hotspur and AEG against the bid of West Ham and Newham Council. Here we let you know what each club plans for the future of the stadium and with an announcement expected shortly we will soon have a conclusion to the story and know who are the new “tenants” of the Olympic Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur plan to construct an iconic 60000 seater stadium to create one of the most state-of-the-art stadiums in Europe which will deliver an exceptional spectator experience whatever the event. Tottenham have been accused of “demolishing �500m of stadium” but the club say this is hugely inaccurate. They plan to retain �420m worth of stadium and recycle the other �80m in recreating the new ground. Part of London’s winning bid revolved around providing a legacy for Athletics after the games but should Tottenham win the right to move in they plan to take the track away as they feel the fans would be to far from the pitch. They do feel though by facilitating a permanent 25000 seat athletics venue at Crystal Palace (increasing to 40000 for World Championships) they are still providing a legacy. With the Financial Fair Play rule coming into fruition it means clubs will only be allowed to outlay income generated through the activities of the club so the increase in attendances plus concerts and other events will allow Spurs to compete for honours on a more regular basis and play against the games elite

West Ham United also plan a 60000 seater stadium but they plan to keep the athletic track in place. Although this has come in for some criticism from the fans, saying they will be to far away from the pitch and also affect the atmosphere in the ground, the club don’t agree. In their proposal they say “No seat in the stadium will have a worse view than at Wembley and that the seat furthest away will be 10 yards closer to the pitch”. The club currently find themselves fighting for Premier League survival so what if the club are relegated? Well even then the move isn’t in doubt, the plan is cost effective and proven, the move would not be in doubt. West Ham also plan to host other events. They plan to host 20 days of athletics, live concerts, 20/20 cricket and even NFL as well as community projects.

There’s also opposition coming from Leyton Orient who are a mile away from the Olympic Stadium. They oppose both bids as it questions their own future. Playing at Brisbane Road since 1937, they believe the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games could be the death of their club. Orient have appealed to the Premier League and the Football League who both have a regulation that states their boards shall only grant consent to a club to move to another ground if it doesn’t affect other clubs who have their registered ground in immediate vicinity of the proposed location. Brisbane Road is certainly within the immediate vicinity and Orient believe with a higher profile club coming into the area the floating fan would turn away from them reducing attendances and placing the future of the club into serious doubt.

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The final decision was due on January 28th but was delayed so the OPLC could gather more information from both sides but now the decision is imminent. We’ve played the extra time and soon we’ll know the result.

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