Brady slams Spurs stadium plans

BY foxsports • February 7, 2011

The Hammers and Spurs are competing to become the full-time owners of the venue following the 2012 games next year in West London, with the former wanting to keep it as it is. Spurs, however, are planning to knock it down to provide a purpose-built football arena, as well as refurbishing the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace. A decision over the rights is expected later this week, having been suspended at the end of January due to the committee needing more time. Brady has now blasted Spurs' plans, stating that it would be a 'corporate crime' to destroy an Olympic legacy so shortly after establishing it. "It's a corporate crime to spend £500m on a stadium and, just four weeks after the Games have finished, bring the bulldozers in," Brady said. "The Olympic Stadium was built on a promise, made in the Queen's name, to have a legacy for athletics. "Through [West Ham's] design there will be over £90m spent on reconfiguring the stadium so it sits perfectly for athletics and football and cricket and major events. "Once the conversion is done, with the roof and some of the seats, there won't be a single seat within that stadium that has a worse view of the pitch than Wembley." International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack, who is also an International Olympic Committee member, is also against the move, claiming Britain's reputation would be 'dead' if a legacy is not left. London 2012 chairman Lord Coe and former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell have also given their backing to the Hammers' bid.

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