Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

No Football Club in 2012 Stadium, Says Shops Developer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

No Football Club in 2012 Stadium, Says Shops Developer

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Byline: MATTHEW BEARD

THE owners of the Stratford City shopping centre next to the Olympic Park are opposed to the main stadium becoming home to a Premier League football team, according to sources.

They have said that Westfield, the developer of the [pounds sterling]1.4 billion retail complex, considers a top-flight team moving in after the Games would be bad for business.

Stratford City is adjacent to the Olympic Park and up to 60,000 fans would pass through the shopping centre en route to the stadium from Stratford Regional station.

The prospect of the main stadium being home to a football club as part of the Games legacy was raised again last month when Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, said an athletics track could make way for a dedicated football stadium to stop the site becoming a white elephant.

West Ham had a bid for the stadium rejected two years ago but remain the most likely club to become a tenant. …

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