Prem pair on stadium shortlist

The Olympic Park Legacy Company announced on Friday that a

consortium led by Tottenham/AEG and a rival consortium headed by

West Ham/Newham Council would go into the final negotiations ahead

of a decision in March. Margaret Ford, chair of the OPLC, said: “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. “We will go forward to start negotiations with the

two consortia of Tottenham Hotspur and AEG, and West Ham United and

Newham Council. “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 announcement means

disappointment for a bid by the International Stadia Group, the

company that masterminded the premium seat scheme at Wembley

Stadium. It will also mean a straight choice between a bid that

would keep a running track inside the stadium – West Ham’s – and

one that would see the track removed – Tottenham’s. UK Athletics

and the British Olympic Association have both spoken in favour of

keeping the track. BOA chairman Lord Moynihan said this week: “We

want to see an athletics track inside the stadium, there was a

commitment made to the IOC and we hope that the process underway

will result in the honouring of that commitment. “And if there is

going to be an athletics legacy within the stadium there needs to

be a warm-up track outside. “Athletics being an integral part of

the future of the stadium is a commitment that was made to the IOC

and one which I am confident and have every reason to believe will

continue into the future.”