Prem pair on stadium shortlist

12 November 2010 02:59
West Ham and Tottenham will fight it out to take over the London Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games after both bids made it to the shortlist.[LNB] 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.[LNB]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.[LNB]"We will go forward to start negotiations with the two consortia of Tottenham Hotspur and AEG, and West Ham United and Newham Council.[LNB]"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."[LNB]The announcement means disappointment for a bid by the International Stadia Group, the company that masterminded the premium seat scheme at Wembley Stadium.[LNB]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.[LNB]UK Athletics and the British Olympic Association have both spoken in favour of keeping the track.[LNB]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.[LNB]"And if there is going to be an athletics legacy within the stadium there needs to be a warm-up track outside.[LNB]"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."

Source: Team_Talk