The Olympic Stadium’s Legacy Must Be As It Was Intended


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. An excellent summary. I’m a football nut but I am also a very keen track and field fan and the shameless subverting of that sport’s interests to soccer is terrible. Your point about disappearing season ticket waiting lists is also a really good one.

  2. Salop_Ian says:

    Couldn’t agree more.

    One question that goes through my mind is that if an athletics only stadium is not viable at Stratford and the Olympic legacy stadium needs to be a multi-sport facility, why is an athletics only stadium going to be more viable at Crystal Palace or elsewhere? Tottenham complain that a football stadium with a running track would be a white elephant – but to get the Olympic stadium on favourable terms they would be quite happy to fund a smaller white elephant somewhere else!

    It also would be bad for the integrity of our country if, as a matter of course, solemn promises and pledges are routinely dissolved for subsequent ‘economic reality’ arguments.

  3. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    Some of the debate on this subject has made English football (in the widest sense of the phrase) look exceptionally arrogant.

  4. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    NOT on ths site, I hasten to add …

  5. Allan says:

    An excellent summary, and as Dermot points out above, does not paint those running English football in a particularaly glorious light.

  6. Jimmy Cass says:

    The possible effect on Orient is worrying, but we are used to being surrounded by Big Clubs and seem to muddle along.

    Many Os fans suspect the OS issue is a convenient trojan horse for Barry Hearn to claim some compensation from the winning bidder which will help him fund a Franchise Orient relocation out in Essex, that leaves him free to redevelop the remaining bits of Brisbane Rd that aren’t already covered in flats and offices and make some more profits at the expense of LOFC.

    Hearn’s not been an awful owner, and I don’t blame him not wanting to blow his fortune on propping up our club, but should this conjecture prove correct, he can expect plenty of opposition from Os fans.

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