Soccer Teams Battle Over Future Legacy of London Olympic Stadium

Two soccer teams in England are in the midst of a battle over who will take over the stadium being built for the 2012 Olympics in London. They're arguing over who will leave the better legacy.
January 27, 2011, 8am PST | Nate Berg
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The two teams, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, have proposed varying plans for the future of the stadium, which is still under construction. A decision on who will win the rights to take it over is expected in weeks.

"Lord Coe and others involved in the bid to bring the Games to London have argued that it has a moral obligation to select the joint bid from West Ham and Newham Council, which proposes a multi-sport future and the retention of the athletics track as part of a £100m makeover, given the promises made in Singapore in 2005.

But Spurs have argued that its solution, to rebuild the Olympic Stadium as a dedicated football ground and provide a legacy for athletics at Crystal Palace as part of a £250m investment, is the only commercially viable option."

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Published on Monday, January 24, 2011 in The Guardian
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