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Athletics Unlikely To Ever Fill Olympic Stadium, Says Governing Body

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/feb/15/athletics-olympic-stadium

UK Athletics has admitted it will be almost impossible to fill the Olympic Stadium when it stages meetings following the Olympics. The main event, the two-day London Diamond League Grand Prix, attracts a 17,000 capacity crowd to Crystal Palace where it is currently held and some of the lesser meetings are likely to struggle to attract spectators.

The next most prestigious events are the UK Championships, currently held at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium which has a capacity of approximately 8,000. Ed Warner, chairman of UK Athletics, a partner in West Ham United's bid, said those national championships attract a crowd "in the high single thousands".

He acknowledged that the other athletics event on the list, which includes the English Schools championships, south of England senior and junior championships, and Newham and Essex Beagles' British Athletics League meets, will be watched in a mostly empty stadium.

West Ham's bid to occupy the £496m stadium, incorporating a track permanently in place around the football pitch, succeeded crucially because of the commitment to 20 days of "top class athletics" per year.

"'Top class' is not a technical term in athletics as 'first class' is in cricket," Warner explained. "By 'top class' we mean the two days of the Diamond League, down to championships for each major age group. Some will attract a significant paying public, others a smaller paying public. We will also be able to bid for major European and world championships."

Explaining why it makes sense to have a 60,000-seat stadium for events watched by crowds in the hundreds, Warner said: "We have never argued that athletics makes the stadium commercially viable. But we want our athletes to aspire to run on the track in a facility of such quality, and the warm-up track underneath is also important. West Ham made the call that they can make the stadium work financially, and we were able to piggy-back on that."

An amazing admission considering the cost of the stadium. I wonder what will happen if Spurs mount a legal challenge to West Ham getting the stadium, there bid said it wasn't viable to have an athletics track.

It's a wonderful legacy that this nation will be left with after the Olympics. I assume this has been the result at every Olympic stadium that track days are mostly empty.

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It's criminal that whatever the stadium was going to be used for after 2012, wasn't factored into the current design. As a football stadium its as much use as a chocolate teapot.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/feb/15/athletics-olympic-stadium

An amazing admission considering the cost of the stadium. I wonder what will happen if Spurs mount a legal challenge to West Ham getting the stadium, there bid said it wasn't viable to have an athletics track.

It's a wonderful legacy that this nation will be left with after the Olympics. I assume this has been the result at every Olympic stadium that track days are mostly empty.

The Olympic Games take place to promote globalism by forcing a shared cultural experience. It's got very little to do with sport or 'legacy'...

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It's criminal that whatever the stadium was going to be used for after 2012, wasn't factored into the current design. As a football stadium its as much use as a chocolate teapot.

You see the strange thing is - it was. The original plan was to simply remove the top level of seats and leave an athletics/other stadium holding 25-30k. Comparable to other such stadiums around the World this seems reasonable. Maybe slightly too big but not by a huge amount.

I have no idea why there is this sudden debate about what footbal club will move to it ? Unless of course they have just realised leaving an athletics stadium in itself is not viable. Well maybe they could have done that back at the time of the bid. Then again what is the point of Crystal Palace if this new Athletics stadium is in place ?

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The Olympic Games take place to promote globalism by forcing a shared cultural experience. It's got very little to do with sport or 'legacy'...

Don't forget the corporate element. Sports are awash with sponsor logos for a reason.

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Get Intel to build a FAB there rather than a useless athletics stadium. This dumb plan was a Ken Livingstone wheeze to divert taxpayers money to the ghettoes.

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