Doug Patterson, the chief executive of the London Borough of Bromley has welcomed Tottenham FC’s plan to revamp the Crystal Palace athletics stadium after the 2012 Games. Spurs would like to demolish the Olympic Stadium and rebuilt it as a football-only home for the club. To provide an athletics legacy – one of the promises made to the by the London 2012 organising committee – Spurs have promised to revamp the south London athletics stadium at Crystal Palace Park.
West Ham FC are also interested in moving into the Olympic Stadium – and would retain its use as an occasional venue for athletics – but the club would have to borrow much of the money.
Alerted by Tottenham’s plan to revamp Crystal Palace stadium, Crystal Palace FC have also expressed an interest in moving from Selhurst Park to Crystal Palace park.
However, Doug Pattterson’s intervention would seem to be a tbumbs-down for CPFC and a warm welcome for Tottenham’s plans.
“The Spurs plans would be positive for the area because I am not sure what else would happen. There are not any other significant plans. Nobody has got the money to spruce up Crystal Palace,” Patterson told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “South Londoners would benefit with the Spurs plans. They would not have any direct benefit from the West Ham plans.”
Crystal Palace FC tried to move into the athletics stadium about ten years ago but opposition from local councils and local residents scuppered the plan.