Tottenham submit joint AEG bid for Olympic Stadium
October 1, 2010
English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur and American venue operator AEG have submitted a joint bid to take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games, it has been announced.
The bid was submitted on Thursday [30 September], the deadline the Olympic Park Legacy Committee (OPLC) had set for those wishing to lease the stadium.
Yesterday was also the day Tottenham’s plans to redevelop its existing White Hart Lane stadium in North London were approved by Haringey Council.
The club’s bid for the Olympic Stadium is seen by some as a tactical lever in the protracted negotiations with Haringey Council over the improvements to White Hart Lane.
The club’s chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement: “I can confirm we have registered an interest in the Olympic Stadium site within the deadline of September 30, in conjunction with AEG (Europe), the world’s largest entertainment and facilities management company.
“It is only prudent and good management that we ensure that we investigate all possible options for the club…We have always maintained that we wouldn’t undertake any project that could undermine the overall financial stability and future success of the club and this shall remain our guiding principle going forward and in determining our best option in the interests of the club and all its fans and stakeholders.”
Tottenham join fellow London Premier League club West Ham United in submitting a formal interest in the Olympic Stadium.