3 Oct 2010

Spurs and Hammers keen on Olympic Stadium

8:40 am on 3 October 2010

It looks like London won't be saddled with a white elephant after the 2012 Games, following two local Premier League football clubs registering interest in moving to the Olympic Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur's confirmed their official interest in possibly taking over occupancy at the stadium, following West Ham's earlier interest.

Spurs are looking at building a bigger stadium in London and want to leave their options open, while West Ham are keener to take over the Olympic Stadium, reducing the capacity of the stadium - which is capable of hosting both football and athletics as well as concerts - from a capacity of 80,000 to 60,000 seats.

The Hammers say their bid, which would retain most of the stadium structure, would also bring wider benefits for the local community, with a proposal to incorporate an Olympic visitor centre and football museum.

The club's current Upton Park ground would become part of a regeneration scheme to include new houses, shops and other facilities.