25 Nov 2010

Tottenham fans plan protest against move to new stadium

5:51 am on 25 November 2010

Tottenham Hotspur football fans are planning a mass protest against a possible move by the club from their White Hart Lane home of 111 years to the London Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games.

Spurs, bidding with entertainment giants AEG, have been short-listed along with a rival West Ham United consortium as preferred tenants for the 516 million pound ($1067 million) venue in east London.

Tim Framp, who has gathered more than 2,100 signatories including local parliamentarian David Lammy to an online petition 'Say No to 'Stratford Hotspur', says his 'We are N17' group are determined to keep the Premier League club at the north London post code.

He says they aimed to hand out 20,000 flyers before Monday's home match against Liverpool and organise a march down Tottenham High Street ahead of the game with champions Chelsea on December the 12th.

The 80,000 seater Olympic stadium was designed to be stripped down to a 25,000-capacity athletics venue after the Games.

However, there are fears that it would become unsustainable without a high-profile tenant.