Tottenham Hotspur Continues to Fight for Olympic Stadium Decision Reversal
June 30, 2011
Top English Premier League soccer club Tottenham Hotspur has announced its intention to return to the High Court as the club continues to fight the decision to award West Ham United occupancy of London’s Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games has ended.
The future of the stadium has become a contentious legacy component of London 2012. Tottenham Hotspur last week failed in a bid for a judicial review of the decision, which they contested alongside English League One outfit Leyton Orient, in its bid to overturn Olympic Park Legacy Company’s verdict that West Ham and Newham Council should become anchor tenants of the venue.
Wednesday’s announcement will now grant Tottenham the opportunity to make its case in a hearing at the High Court. Tottenham said in a statement: “The club has today applied to the High Court to renew its application for permission to bring a claim against the London Borough of Newham and the Olympic Park Legacy Company, the Mayor of London and Government Ministers for judicial review of their decisions underlying the bid process for the conversion of the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games.”
The club has been engaged in a long-running battle to secure a site for a new stadium with Tottenham’s current White Hart Lane home only able to hold 36,000 fans, compared to the Olympic Stadium’s 60,000 when used for soccer.