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Tottenham interested in move to 2012 Olympic Stadium

London 2012 Olympic Stadium
The deadline for bids for the Olympic Stadium passed on Thursday

Tottenham have registered an interest in taking over the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, the club has announced.

Spurs join fellow Premier League side West Ham in submitting a formal interest in the 80,000-seater venue.

"It is only prudent and good management that we ensure that we investigate all possible options for the club," said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

Spurs also had planning permission for a new stadium in north London approved by Haringey Council on Thursday.

David Lammy, the MP for Tottenham welcomed the council's decision to allow the stadium redevelopment to go ahead.

"This is the best thing to happen to the area for a generation," he said.

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However, he condemned the club's decision to bid for the Olympic Stadium.

"It seems entirely wrong-headed to be directing efforts to a stadium on the other side of London when there is a fantastic opportunity to redevelop their home into a world-class stadium.," he added.

"Football clubs belong at the heart of their communities - Tottenham fans would never forgive Spurs if they walk out of White Hart Lane."

The official deadline for submitting bids to take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games passed on Thursday.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company, which is overseeing the process and hopes to select a tenant by March next year, would not say how many firms had expressed interest in the east London arena.

"I can confirm we have registered an interest in the Olympic Stadium site within the deadline of September 30, in conjunction with AEG [Europe], the world's largest entertainment and facilities management company," revealed Levy.

"We were informed by the Olympic Park Legacy Company that were we not to register an interest at this time, there would not be an opportunity at any future date.

"We have always maintained that we wouldn't undertake any project that could undermine the overall financial stability and future success of the club and this shall remain our guiding principle going forward and in determining our best option in the interests of the club and all its fans and stakeholders."

West Ham present Olympic Stadium bid

Levy was delighted at the news that the club's application for planning permission for a new stadium - called the Northumberland Development Project - was approved.

"I should stress that there is still much work to be done. We shall continue to work with Haringey Council and the application will now be considered by the Mayor of London and referred to the Secretary of State.

"We shall keep everyone connected with the club updated over the coming months as discussions continue with the various public sector bodies," he added.

Meanwhile, West Ham players Carlton Cole, Mark Noble and Scott Parker were at Downing Street on Thursday to present the club's joint bid to run the 2012 Olympic Stadium, with the club and Newham Council having delivered their bid earlier in the day.

Their plan is to convert the stadium to a 60,000-capacity arena for football, athletics, concerts and community use.



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see also
London 2012 stadium bidding ends
30 Sep 10 |  London
Bid deadline set for 2012 stadium
18 Aug 10 |  London 2012
Spurs aim for new stadium by 2012
26 Oct 09 |  Tottenham
AEG interested in Olympic Stadium
04 May 10 |  Olympics
West Ham revive Olympic stadium hopes
03 Feb 10 |  West Ham
Spurs reveal new stadium designs
01 Apr 09 |  Tottenham


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