After a period of quiet, you can’t keep the Olympic Stadium bid out of the news at the moment. At the weekend, West Ham’s Karren Brady implied that the Beckham loan attempt was just a stunt on Spurs’ behalf to secure the site and this was quickly followed by Tottenham MP David Lammy’s condemnation of the club’s plans.
Now the club has revealed their intentions to demolish the existing structure and replace it with a new 60,000 all seat venue.
The most controversial part of the proposal seems to centre on the club’s confirmation that there will be no place for a running track at the new ground and therefore athletics will not be taking place there. Whilst common in other parts of Europe for years, running tracks have always been hated in England with the view that spectators are just too far from play.
It seems the club share this opinion and they have offered to help re-develop the National Stadium at Crystal Palace instead, but chairman of UK Athletics Ed Warner has slammed the proposals as ‘insulting.’
Warner is known to support West Ham’s intentions to provide a multi-purpose facility and the Daily Telegraph’s website quotes Warner as saying: “I think what they (Spurs) have come up with looks incredibly thin. They’ve come up with the bare minimum that they hope will pass muster with the legacy company when the decision is made, but it’s nothing like the sort of legacy that was envisaged in 2005 in the London bid.”
The London bid team promised the IOC an Athletics legacy that would live on long after the games had finished. Maybe Spurs’ proposals will conflict with that legacy enough to see their bid fail.