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Cort Haus
18-01-2011, 00:45:33
Who should get the Olympic site - Spurs or West Ham? Or Orient? Or should it just be an athletics stadium (yeah, right).

Obviously I think that the correct decision should be the one which works out worst for Spurs in the long run, but I'm undecided which that would be. Them buggering off to East London, or them risking going bankrupt trying to redevelop White Hart Lane.

Seriously though, if West Ham really want it, they should probably have first dibs provided they have some kind of feasible business plan.

Oh, wait.

Funko
18-01-2011, 08:28:27
It's a shame it's not financially viable for it to remain as a world class athletics stadium. :(

City of Manchester stadium move seems to have worked well for City so far. I think Spurs would do a better job of managing it than West Ham, but much better for West Ham in terms of location.

MOBIUS
18-01-2011, 11:11:30
God I hate Spurs! :shoot:

Fistandantilus
18-01-2011, 12:56:28
Spurs rule.

Funko
18-01-2011, 15:23:37
If they can annoy 2 posters, they must have something going for them.

Cort Haus
18-01-2011, 19:37:00
For half a billion quid it's not much cop really. There are no catering facilities or even toilets in the ground apparently - it's all outside. Wham would need to borrow 40m off Newham Council to convert it, and the fans would have to peer out over a running track to see the game. Seeing as The Irons can't even fill Upton Park regularly these days, I don't really see what's in it for them.

The commercially-minded mayor is said to favour the Spurs option, which is backed by AEG who managed to turn the hopeless Millenium Dome into the highly successful O2 Arena.

Spurs fans are split between the commercialistas and the heritagistas - very understandably. Years of taunting the 'Woolwich Wanderers' are about to slap them in the face.

North London will be OURS!

Too bad West Ham will be too busy battling Millwall in the lower leagues to get the chance to play Spurs though.

Funko
19-01-2011, 08:30:03
There are no catering facilities or even toilets in the ground apparently - it's all outside.

What?!

This is true of Murrayfield, which was a shock when we got to our seats on the top tier... then it made sense why they sold pints AND cans at the bars outside. D'oh.

MOBIUS
19-01-2011, 10:29:47
That's what I don't like about the Cardiff Blues sharing their ground with City at the new stadium - it's a catering and drinking wasteland! :q:

I miss the old Arms Park... :(

MOBIUS
19-01-2011, 10:37:05
I'm pretty ambivalent about the olympic stadium idea tbh, but the idea of Spurs encroaching on our backyard and stirring things feels like a deliberate provocation.

Fistandantilus
21-01-2011, 09:22:31
Such a big fuss about keeping the track or not..

Funko
21-01-2011, 09:44:23
Well it was a key promise in the bid document.

And we're currently the only country in Europe without a stadium fit to host a major athletics tournament. Which is crap.

Fistandantilus
23-01-2011, 18:53:10
British athletics needs to accept that the sport just isn't that big in this country, and let Spurs or West Ham move in


http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2011/jan/23/david-james-olympic-stadium-football-athletics

wow

Funko
24-01-2011, 08:22:55
He's normally better informed than that. West Ham will retain the running track and keep it in use as an athletic stadium as well.

MOBIUS
24-01-2011, 12:39:16
We also have to remember that there is a 3rd football team involved in all this: Crystal Palace are looking to move to where the current National Athletics track is, which would happen with West Ham getting the stadium.

Still not convinced about West Ham having this stadium though - even at 60,000 it will be too big unless the nosebleed seats are super cheap with a free set of binoculars provided!

Funko
24-01-2011, 13:25:24
It'd be by far the largest stadium in the Championship.

MOBIUS
24-01-2011, 15:40:26
My thoughts exactly!:D

Cort Haus
24-01-2011, 16:15:18
We also have to remember that there is a 4th football team involved in all this: Leyton Orient are not too pleased about the prospect of either of the other two moving, as Brisbane Road is only a mile from the Stratford OS site.

Cort Haus
24-01-2011, 16:19:22
That's what I don't like about the Cardiff Blues sharing their ground with City at the new stadium - it's a catering and drinking wasteland! :q:

I miss the old Arms Park... :(

Oh the irony. Some English fans miss the Cup Finals being in Cardiff because the Millenium Stadium was such much better located for drinking establishments than Wembley.

There's also the problem of Wales playing their international football matches in front of 15,000 people rattling around in a 73,000 seater stadium.

Cort Haus
24-01-2011, 16:20:37
I made up the 15,000 figure btw. No idea what it should be.

MOBIUS
24-01-2011, 16:30:18
Pretty accurate, if I recall the Leichtenstein game might have been less! :lol:

The England Vs Wales U21 game a few days before would have had more people than that, if it wasn't for the fact that the old Ninian Park ground's standing area wasn't allowed to be used.

Back when Sparky was in charge of the national side, they could easily sell out the whole of the Millennium Stadium!

MOBIUS
24-01-2011, 16:31:59
We also have to remember that there is a 4th football team involved in all this: Leyton Orient are not too pleased about the prospect of either of the other two moving, as Brisbane Road is only a mile from the Stratford OS site.

We have to remember there is a 5th football team involved in all this: I can't think of their name right now, but I'm sure there must be!

Funko
24-01-2011, 16:34:53
I went to Wales vs Ireland, Euro qualifier, and it was about 30k I think.

Which is half of Wales to be fair.

MOBIUS
24-01-2011, 16:53:50
The big problem is virtually knocking ourselves out of whichever competition we're playing in within a couple of games - I think we were already basically out of the running with the Ireland game...

Not much point turning up if you know the team has already failed to qualify. :(

MOBIUS
11-02-2011, 12:59:59
Looks like West Ham have got the Olympic Stadium. :beer:

I think that's a good thing, will just have to remember to bring my bins...