Sparks fly as Spurs and West Ham lock horns over Olympic Stadium
The battle for the future of the Olympic Stadium is starting to get ugly. On one side you have Tottenham, who are the sensible choice but hated by the organising committee, and West Ham, who are the organisers’ preferred choice, but there are doubts whether the club can fill the stadium.
The Guardian reports that Spurs have now unveiled new plans for the Olympic Stadium, and are prepared to spend £25,000 on refurbishing the athletics facilities at Crystal Palace to compensate for the track that they would rip out if they were given the keys to the Olympic Stadium.
Tottenham wish to convert the 80,000-seater arena into a 60,000-seater stadium designed purely for football, which would save them an approximated £200 million compared to building a brand new stadium.. Spurs would then refurbish Crystal Palace and create an athletics “legacy fund”, which has been slammed by UK Athletics chief Ed Warner, who has labelled their plans as “woefully inadequate.”
West Ham plan to also decrease the stadium to 60,000 seats, but intend to keep the running track and allow athletics and cricket to be played at the stadium in the summer when the football season has finished. The Hammers would still have to spend an estimated £100 million on adding facilities like toilets and hospitality suites in the stadium.
The main issue between the two bids is the running track. UK Athletics want the track to remain, whereas Spurs’ architects KSS believe it will damage the experience for fans, as they would be too far away from the pitch. KSS chairman David Keirle says:
“It’s a sophisticated Meccano set. It does what it’s meant to do – provides a great experience for athletics. But football is different. Our whole design is based on bringing fans closer to the pitch.”
The main issue with West Ham’s bid is whether they would be able to fill the Olympic Stadium week-in, week-out, particularly as they are struggling and are currently bottom of the Premiership. They would not be able to fill a 60,000-seater stadium in the Championship. Whereas Spurs are in fourth place and have the lure of Champions League football at the moment. The only thing about their bid is that they are traditionally based in North London, and would have to shift the whole club (and the fans) over to East London, where the Olympic Stadium is situated.
The positive thing about both bids is that they will create construction jobs for plumbers, electricians and gas engineers, as new facilities will have to be installed and wired in the stadium. The decision as to whoever gets the stadium is expected in March, where the government, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Olympic Park Legacy Company will make the decision.
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