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Rip it up and start again


Filed: Tuesday, 1st November 2016
By: Staff Writer


A stadium expert has claimed that the only way to correct the problems with the design of the Olympic Stadium is to knock it down and start from scratch.

Advisor Paul Fletcher has been involved with the creation of several new stadia in England including Bolton's Macron Stadium and Coventry City's Ricoh Arena.

And he also hit out at the likes of Seb Coe and Tessa Jowell who were instrumental in deciding that the stadium should be designed with athletics in mind, long-term, rather than football.

"Either we go on as we are for the next 30 or 40 years or we knock it down and start again," Fletcher, speaking to the BBC, said.




"I said [at the time] what you must do is design a football stadium that converts to an athletics stadium for two weeks of its lifetime. When I build my football stadiums, my number one concern is the spectator.

"What they've done is tried to convert an athletics stadium into a football pitch and, in my opinion, it doesn't work. The building was almost built when they started to talk to West Ham.

"There was only going to be one end user and it was only going to be West Ham. Everyone in those days spoke about legacy. The only legacy was going to be as a football stadium and they should have been talking to West Ham and ask them what they want."





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