Spurs, West Ham finalists for 2012 Olympic Stadium
Premier League clubs Tottenham and West Ham were selected Friday
as the final bidders to take over London’s Olympic Stadium after
the 2012 Games.
The Olympic Park Legacy Company says it will enter into final
negotiations with the London rivals and finalize a deal by March
The legacy company previously said it wanted a commitment to
keep the stadium running track as part of any bid, but Friday’s
announcement said the requirement could be waived for ”a credible
Tottenham’s application with American sports and entertainment
giant AEG involves removing the track from the 80,000-seat stadium.
West Ham’s joint bid with its local government keeps the track.
”We started this process to ensure the very best legacy for the
stadium, and we are now at a point where we have selected the two
strongest bids,” legacy company chair Margaret Ford said. ”The
stadium is a vital and vibrant component of the Olympic Park.
”Securing the most appropriate and viable solution is crucial
for our long-term aspirations for the future Queen Elizabeth
Olympic Park area.”
The stadium will have an 80,000-seat capacity for the Olympics,
hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and the track and field
The stadium was originally designed to be reduced to 25,000
seats after the Olympics, but the bids by the Premier League clubs
would mean having a capacity of around 60,000. The stadium is also
part of Britain’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
London Olympic organizers had promised to keep track as a
primary legacy of the stadium when they successfully bid for the
games in 2005.
West Ham officials have long spoken of their desire to move from
the 35,000-capacity Upton Park stadium to the London 2012 Stadium
some 2 miles away.
But Tottenham’s expression of interest last month was a surprise
since it had already been granted permission to build a
56,250-capacity stadium adjacent to its current White Hart Lane
Announcing its full-year financial results Thursday, Tottenham
said it was considering the Olympic Stadium after a local
government requirement to preserve four historic buildings had
added $80.7 million to the cost of a new stadium.
White Hart Lane, 5 1/2 miles from the Olympic Stadium, holds
36,310 fans. Tottenham sold out every Premier League game last
season and has another 33,000 on a waiting list for season