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Plans will secure Olympic legacy and grassroots athletics

Tottenham Hotspur have released picures showing plans of their proposed development of Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium that would accompany a move to the Olympic Stadium for the North London team.

Harry Redknapp's side are currently fighting for acceptance to be able to move into the Olympic Stadium after the Games in 2012, with Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, very much in favour of the transition.

The Premier League side would completely redevelop the athletics centre as a bargaining chip in winning the move over rivals for the plot, West Ham United.

David Keirle, lead architect for Tottenham and chairman of architectural firm KSS, said: “We would increase the current capacity of Crystal Palace by 9,500 to 25,000, with the ability to extend this relatively easily to 40,000 for a World Championships. 

"A new four-lane warm-up track and all weather hockey pitch would also be built as well as new concourses in the south and north stands with modern food, beverage and toilet facilities. 25,000 seats from the Olympic Stadium would be re-used to replace every seat at Crystal Palace, and new scoreboards would be installed.

“With these proposals, Crystal Palace would become a re-invigorated dedicated facility, bringing more activity to the area and be available to the athletics community every single day of the year.”

Tottenham believe that these plans will ensure that London will still be able to secure its Olympic legacy and also improve the countries grassroots athlete program.

Donna Cullen, Tottenham's executive director, added: “We believe that we have proposed a comprehensive athletics legacy. The plans for Crystal Palace would deliver a dedicated facility 365 days a year.

"In addition to that we have proposed an annual contribution to a legacy fund for athletics which the sport can determine how best to use and the club has undertaken to sponsor Olympic hopefuls from 2012 to their anticipated participation in the 2016 Olympics. Our proposals include grassroots athletics projects and programmes to increase participation in the sport.

“The club is committed to creating long-term partnerships within the five Olympic boroughs, funding and delivering programmes to ensure that the sport and the community can continue to benefit for many years to come.”

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