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London clubs vie for Olympic Stadium use
The Guardian, January 24th, 2011 3:17PM

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A hearing will be held Friday in London to determine the fate of the Olympic Stadium, for which both Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United have amibitous plans once the 2012 Games are completed.

London 2012 organizing committee chairman and former middle-distance Olympic gold medalist Sebastian Coe favors the bid of West Ham, which will renovate it for Premier League use but retain the running track and other multi-sport features. Tottenham, in conjunction with Anschutz Entertainment Group, would eliminate the running track and use it for soccer and rubgy as well as entertainment events, but not athletics or track and field.

Rather than rebuild its current home, White Hart Lane, Tottenham officials believe their plan is sounder finanically than that of West Ham. Coe and Spurs chairman David Levy have been sniping at each other publicly, which prompted the Olympic Park Legacy Company -- which is empowered to decide the stadium's fate -- to appeal for civility.

The two sides will present their plans to the OPLC board on Friday, with a decision expected to be announced in February.

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