Plans for new stadium run aground
By Harry Amber-Mitchell
Tuesday 30 Sep 2008 10:07:00
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West Ham's plans to move into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 games were over have been shelved due to cost problems.

However, the London Development Agency is looking for the Hammers to move to a 50,000 stadium next to the tube station, according to the Echo.

The cost of the Olympic stadium would be nearly £400m when the necessary retractable seating had been installed, and in today's economic climate just doesn't make sense.

Athletics

“It will be far too an expensive option to be realistic and this has been discussed with them. On that basis we are really looking at athletics as the core use for the stadium,” said the Echo's source.

The site next to the West Ham tube station now seems the most likely option, though the original problems with the £215m project, i.e. the presence of gas cylinders and other ideas for the site, make the old ParcelForce location a bit problematic.

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