Brady reiterates Hammers stance

BY foxsports • February 8, 2011

West Ham vice-chairman Brady was speaking as West Ham revealed an image of how the stadium will look if they beat Tottenham in the race to Stratford after the 2012 Olympics. Unlike Tottenham, West Ham are committed to hosting athletics meetings in the refurbished stadium after the Games, and will keep the running track. That stance has enabled the East London club, whose bid is supported by Newham Council, to earn the backing of key figures within the athletics world such as London 2012 chairman Lord Coe, IAAF President Lamine Diack, and UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee. Spurs will tear down the stadium and rebuild a 60,000-seater football ground in its place, but they insist they are committed to keeping Britain's promise to create a post-Games athletics legacy by refurbishing Crystal Palace. But Brady denied those suggestions on Tuesday, claiming Spurs' plans would put Britain's standing in the world of sport at risk. She said: "On 6 July 2005, (when Britain won the right to host the 2012 Olympics) a promise was made in the Queen's name. We believe in that promise and we believe in legacy. "It's important for the UK's credibility as a sporting nation - especially in the wake of the 2018 FIFA World Cup disappointment - to keep that promise." Brady claimed yesterday Spurs' plans to rip down the £537million stadium were a "corporate crime". She re-iterated that stance on Tuesday by saying: "Pulling down the stadium would also waste half a billion pounds in taxpayers' money." Tottenham have defended their plan to remove the athletics track by insisting retaining it would kill the atmosphere inside the stadium. Hammers legend Paolo Di Canio, who played for the Hammers between 1999 and 2003, has spent a large part of his career playing for Lazio in Rome's Stadio Olimpico. The 72,000-capacity stadium in the Italian capital has a running track around it and Di Canio insists the atmosphere inside the Olympic Stadium will be just as good if West Ham move there in 2014. He said: "Having played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome for Lazio which also had a running track, the atmosphere has always been fantastic. "I am certain the passion of the West Ham supporters will create just as much of an amazing atmosphere at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford as they do at Upton Park." West Ham hope to create an intimate atmosphere inside the stadium with an extended roof. They also revealed today the stadium will include a football museum and interactive learning facilities for local people. Brady added: "This image gives a true sense of how the Olympic Stadium would look post-conversion - a truly multi-purpose, multi-event stadium that would stand as a true home for sport in this country."

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