West Ham Release 2012 Stadium Plans

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 87 months ago
West Ham Release 2012 Stadium Plans
West Ham's plan for the Olympic Stadium
West Ham's plan for the Olympic Stadium
Tottenham's proposal for a new stadium near White Hart Lane, made last year. See more images.
Tottenham's proposal for a new stadium near White Hart Lane, made last year. See more images.
Crystal Palace FC's proposed stadium in Crystal Palace Park.
Crystal Palace FC's proposed stadium in Crystal Palace Park.
Tottenham's plan to revamp the National Sports Centre.
Tottenham's plan to revamp the National Sports Centre.

West Ham United have released details of their plans to transform the Olympic Stadium into a football ground. Not to be deterred, Tottenham have also unveiled their own plans for redeveloping the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace.

Kitted out in the Hammers' claret and blue, and set against a dramatic London nightscape with the Orbit tower next door, the stadium does look impressive. To judge by the rather narrow-looking running track, however, the designers may have taken artistic liberty in depicting how close to the pitch supporters are likely to be (see this webcam from inside the stadium for comparison). According to the club, it would include facilities for "elite, club, community, and school athletes of all disciplines", and could be open as early as summer 2014.

A decision on which of the two clubs (if either) will be awarded the site was due today, but the Olympic Park Legacy Committee has delayed any announcement while they mull over the two bids. That hasn't stopped anyone and everyone even tangentially associated with the 2012 Games poking their snout into the matter. Seb Coe is on West Ham's side, as are most of Labour's London MPs. A poll on BBC News revealed that most of the public also believe the east London club should get the nod.

Tottenham hope to knock down the stadium, scrap the running track, and build from the ground up, a scheme which would involve redeveloping the National Sports Centre into a world-class venue, and to that end the club published their plans today. They include boosting the ageing stadium's capacity to 25,000, and involve a legacy fund to help train Britain's next generation of athletes.

The proposal comes a week after Crystal Palace unveiled their own plans to move back to the site of the NSC. Their plan would destroy the old stadium, building a new one in its place, but would include a new aquatics centre.

A decision is expected in February.

Last Updated 28 January 2011

Michael D

More lies from Brady, Gold and Sullivan. In reality, the pitch will be so far away from the stands that it will actually be rather difficult to see the ball! At least Daniel Levy isn't lying to Spur's supporters when he says the Olympic Stadium is not suited to football.

Tom

No mention in that wonderful statement of how league one neighbours Leyton Orient will suffer if West Ham move a mile down the road and try and fill a 60,000 stadium with their average 30,000 fans by practically having to give away half the tickets.

A superb legacy indeed, the likely death of London's 2nd oldest professional club. It's not a football stadium, everyone should stop trying to make it one.

Westhamnh

Fans are born into a club. THey dont change who they support over night. Batty Barry is a joke. Saying that his club is going to fold. Shows that he has no faith in his fans. West Ham sell out pretty much every home game. We have a 35 thousand seater stadium. With seggregation we can sell about 34 thousand tickets. Now how many teams bottom of the table most of the season manage to sell out all of their allocation for home AND away matches? Seeing that the olympic stadium is in OUR borough, those attendances show that we are in desperate need of a new stadium. oThe olympic stadium is in our borough, and therefore Batty Barry should have absolutely no input whatsoever. You dont get fickle glory supporters with a club like leyton orient. They averge about 3 and a half thousand a game, and they have done for years. Now if fans were that sick of taht club, its not far on the tube to go to upton park, or stamford bridge or the emirates. Its London for christ sake. We have the best transport links in the world. Is an extra mile to upton park going to deter orient supporters from going to West Ham? So whats the difference with the olympic stadium? Its bloody pathetic. That man has made an absolute joke of his club. Barry you prat, instead of blowing the million of your mini cup run on legal costs, why dont you invest in a new stadium? New players? Infastructure? Because your argument is a joke, and every football fan laughs at batty barrys pathetic rants. Your an absolute idiot.

Mr Sensible

Does'nt london already have a multi use arena, it's called wembley stadium. How many athletics events have taken place there since opening......none I think. Another complete waste of tax payers money. I preferred Tottenhams bid, at least they were using there own money to rebuild or modify it, whereas West Ham are getting a loan from the council............again the poor tax payer gets f**ked. Blow the thing up before costs spiral out of control. Half a billion pound for a stadium....shambles.