Stadium future still uncertain

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THE decision to build the Olympic Stadium without a guaranteed tenant to take over the venue after the 2012 Games has been defended by the head of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

Sir John Armitt said the design allowed the £486million stadium to have a number of options for the future.

With today marking six months to go until the start of the Games, the future of the stadium is still uncertain. A tender process is under way, and though West Ham are the favourites to move in there remain doubts at the club about the terms offered.

The uncertainty is in contrast to Manchester’s Commonwealth Games stadium, which was built with the plan already in place for Manchester City to become tenants after the 2002 event.

Armitt insists that the decision for a flexible future use for the Olympic Stadium made sense at the time. He said: “You can only deal with the facts as they are when you have to make a decision, and when we had to make a decision about the stadium there was no great interest at all from anybody about taking it on as a football stadium.”