POSTED: February 4th 2011

'New Crystal Palace' is Spurs' latest salvo in London Olympic Stadium tussle

How Crystal Palace would look if Tottenham won the bid race
How Crystal Palace would look if Tottenham won the bid race

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON, Feb 04: The war of words - and pictures - over the future of the 2012 Olympic Games stadium has taken a further step forward with Tottenham Hotspur releasing images of how a redeveloped Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium could look.

Tottenham's bid to take over the Olympic Stadium site. is linked with a proposal to redevelop the Crystal Palace athletics venue. This envisages increasing capacity to 25,000 with the potential for a further enhancemen to 30,000 or 40,000 for major events.

David Keirle, lead architect for Tottenham and chairman of architect KSS, said:  “We would increase the current capacity of Crystal Palace by 9,500 to 25,000, with the ability to extend this relatively easily to 40,000 for a World Championships.

"A new four-lane warm-up track and all-weather hockey pitch would also be built as well as new concourses in the south and north stands with modern food, beverage and toilet facilities.  Some 25,000 seats from the Olympic Stadium would be re-used to replace every seat at Crystal Palace, and new score boards would be installed.

“With these proposals, Crystal Palace would become a re-invigorated dedicated facility, bringing more activity to the area and be available to the athletics community every single day of the year.”

Tottenham believe these proposals compare more than favourably with the prospect of the skeleton of the Olympic Stadium originally envisaged after the Olympic circus has left town.

West Ham proposal

Rival bidders West Ham United are proposing keeping the Olympic Stadium - albeit scaled-down - in its current context including the athletics track.

Tottenham executive director Donna Cullen said: "We  believe we have proposed a comprehensive athletics legacy. The plans for Crystal Palace would deliver a dedicated facility 365 days a year.

"In addition to that we have proposed an annual contribution to a legacy fund for athletics which the sport can determine how best to use and the club has undertaken to sponsor Olympic hopefuls from 2012 to their anticipated participation in the 2016 Olympics.

"Our proposals include grassroots athletics projects and programmes to increase participation in the sport. The Club is committed to creating long-term partnerships within the five Olympic boroughs, funding and delivering programmes to ensure that the sport and the community can continue to benefit for many years to come.”

The challenge for Tottenham is not only convincing the Olympic Park Legacy Company - which delayed a decision last month - but also persuading many of their many fans who want the club to stay in north London.

Keywords · London 2012 · Olympic Games · Tottenham Hotspur · Crystal Palace · Olympic Stadium

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