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West Ham United win the Olympic Stadium bid?


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According the BBC anyway.

West Ham have won the backing of Olympic bosses in the battle for the 2012 stadium, BBC London has learned.

Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) executives have decided the offer from the club is a better solution than the rival bid from Tottenham.

The OPLC board will be asked to support the view and announce the Hammers as preferred bidder on Friday.

The government and London's mayor, Boris Johnson will then take a final decision in the coming weeks.

It would be a surprise if ministers and the mayor overturn OPLC executives, who have spent the last few months discussing the various plans with both clubs in detail.

West Ham are happy for the athletics track to be kept in the stadium and for the venue to be used for a variety of sports and concerts.

Tottenham's plans were to dismantle the stadium in Stratford and build a new football ground in its place.

The Spurs proposal has faced huge criticism from the athletics world, MPs and the public.

A recent BBC London poll suggested 81% of Londoners were against the proposals to rip up the athletics track.

The ComRes phone poll, carried out between 21 and 23 January, also suggested 72% of people in London wanted West Ham to get the stadium, with only 13% supporting Tottenham.

Ministers and the mayor are understood to be well aware that the Tottenham option would have been a "hard sell" to taxpayers.


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it should have never been an athletics stadium in the first place.It should have been built for football and then had a track put in for the olympics.Then get rid of it as soon as the games are over.All this legacy talk is nonsense.

west ham fans are now saddled with a ground thats too big for them with a running track round it.

at least Spurs were honest and said theyd rip the track up.

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Palace unveil stadium plans

This will pave the way for Crystal Palace to get a new stadium, (note this story is about a month old)

20th January 2011

Crystal Palace have unveiled plans to move to a new ground, which could scupper Tottenham's bid to move to the Olympic stadium.

The struggling Championship outfit announced details of the proposed move on Thursday, which would see the Eagles turn the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace into a 40,000-seater stadium.

Possible relocation was mooted when CPFC2010 took over the club last summer and the Eagles' co-chairman Steve Parish has confirmed he wants to sell their current Selhurst Park ground and take the club back 'home'.

As well as the stadium, the plan is also to provide an indoor aquatic centre, reconfigured indoor sports complex within the existing structure and a new community athletics facility.

Parish told the club's official website: "We are delighted to put forward our plans to return the club home to where it all began.

"We believe a stadium at Crystal Palace park can help create a bright new future for the club as well as helping it to breathe new life into both the sports centre and the park."


However, the proposals could impact on Tottenham's efforts to become the tenants of the Olympic stadium following the 2012 Games.

Spurs do not intend to keep the running track at the Stratford arena so proposed to redevelop the NSC as an athletics stadium as part of their bid, while bidding rivals West Ham plan to keep the track.

Ed Warner, chairman of UK Athletics, said: "On the proviso that the Olympic stadium retains its athletics track and any redevelopment of Crystal Palace maintains a community athletics facility on or nearby the park, we would be supportive of the plans of Crystal Palace."

A decision on the final bid for the Olympic stadium is expected at the end of next week.


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