Tottenham go against West Ham United to ramp up bid for Olympic Stadium

12 January 2011 10:52
Tottenham attacked West Ham's bid for the Olympic Stadium last night as they revealed their own plans.

Spurs confirmed they would demolish most of the 80,000-seater athletics arena and replace it with a 60,000-capacity football venue, revamping the Crystal Palace athletics stadium to fulfil Great Britain's legacy commitment.

Tottenham's architect and club vice-president David Keirle criticised West Ham's plan to retain the stadium at a capacity of just 60,000, saying: 'There would be nothing worse than, five years down the line, for a failing club not being able to meet its obligations because it's not getting 60,000 fans saying there's no atmosphere.

Grand designs: Tottenham would change the 80,000 capacity Olympic Stadium and re-build a 60,000 football only venue, says David Keirle (pictured)

'The debate, such as it is, has been one-sided because we've not entered into this.'

Keirle insisted that athletics would benefit more from a revamped Crystal Palace than a stadium they would struggle to fill and only have access to outside the football season.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company are to select their preferred bidder in just over two weeks.

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