Daniel Levy article in the Evening Standard.

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  1. spursgirls

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    Put this on the new stadium thread too, but just in case people don't look there.Mods feel free to delete if you want to.

    Evening Standard article today

    http://bit.ly/e8YCYO

    Daniel Levy - Evening Standard article

    08 February 2011



    The Olympic Park Legacy Company have a tough decision to make that will affect the future viability and success of the Olympic Park for decades to come.
    They are looking to ensure the venues in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have long-term tenants that are financially viable, sustainable, able to maximise the use of that venue to support the wider vibrancy of the Olympic Park and do not burden the taxpayer.
    I believe that Tottenham Hotspur's plans for the Olympic Stadium site meet every one of these criteria - whilst also delivering a coherent and comprehensive legacy for athletics.
    The original 2012 legacy was to demolish the stadium and leave a 25,000 capacity athletics stadium.
    This was taken to the market and no tenant could be found, so the OPLC started to look at other options and indicated they would be prepared to consider a bid from Tottenham Hotspur for a rebuilt or reconfigured stadium without a running track - as long as we also planned for an athletics legacy.
    The easiest, most cost-effective option we could have chosen was to have submitted a bid which retained the athletics track but there is a fundamental reason we have not proposed this - it would not have delivered or guaranteed a viable, sustainable legacy. Quite simply, athletics and football cannot successfully co-exist.
    The experience of clubs in Europe clearly demonstrates that forcing co-existence in stadia that were not primarily designed for football is a short-term fix.
    Data shows that staging football matches in a large stadium with an athletics track results in a poor spectator experience, leading to reduced attendances, excess supply of seats, the undermining of pricing structures and higher operating costs. The combination of these factors causes football clubs to move because their business models become unviable.
    Three European cities which have hosted a summer Olympic Games also provide compelling evidence for London. In Munich and Barcelona the experiment has left an empty Olympic stadium, after bad experiences for fans and clubs concerned. In Athens, there are unhappy football tenants with very low attendance figures, working desperately to relocate.
    Our proposal uses as much of the existing stadium infrastructure as possible, to maximise the benefit of the public investment to date. We are not "demolishing £500million" of stadium infrastructure - we are removing and recycling around £80m with zero to landfill, leaving around £420m of investment in place. Indeed, it is worth remembering that two thirds of the Olympic Stadium, under the original legacy plan, was to be dismantled.
    Our bid proposals will deliver a 365- days-a-year venue. In addition to selling-out for football, together with AEG, the company which saved the Dome from being a white elephant, the stadium would host world-class concerts, sports, entertainment and community events ensuring year-round use.
    We also propose a major tourist attraction based around extreme sports and incorporating a specialist sports retailing centre, restaurants, cafes and bars along with a full programme of community activities across the public realm managed by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
    This combination of activities will deliver over three million visitors a year to this part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - visitors from the UK and around the world - creating a showcase destination for London. There has also rightly been much debate recently about ensuring a proper legacy for athletics. We have looked long and hard at this issue and believe that what we are proposing offers a robust, viable and appropriate legacy for athletics.
    In terms of infrastructure, we would pay for the significant redevelopment of the Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium as a dedicated home for the sport, which would see the venue's capacity increased to 25,000, with the ability to convert to 40,000 for a World Championships.
    Importantly, it would be available to athletes every single day of the year. This is something that is not possible at the Olympic Stadium under West Ham's proposal, given the demands of the football season, summer pitch relaying and the hosting of other events during the summer - access for athletics has been set at a mere 20 days per year.
    In addition, we have put together a substantial package to provide long-term funding for grass-roots athletics and community programmes across London and we would work with relevant athletics and other groups to help deliver this.
    Our community programmes are multi-sport with guaranteed multi-million pound funding, an array of activities delivered in the stadium, across the public realm and with outreach work in all five Olympic boroughs.
    We believe this is a fantastic opportunity to create a true Olympic legacy - we have put together a bid that is financially robust and fully underwritten, delivers a substantial return to the public purse, would provide a dedicated athletics legacy, includes funding and provision for comprehensive sporting and community activities and engagement and is backed by a team experienced in delivering.
    There is no danger of a white elephant, no need for public subsidy now or in the future and no need for a future alteration to the stadium under our plans. But our bid goes further than just the Olympic site. Our move to Stratford would kick-start nearly half a billion pounds worth of investment in London in no less than three boroughs - three capital projects would be delivered - a new stadium built in Stratford, capital project works in Crystal Palace and a mixed-use scheme development in Tottenham.
    These new projects would drive substantial regeneration benefits for Londoners, delivering employment, commercial opportunities and community engagement.
    Our bid provides for real investment in east, south and north London and will return money to the Government and ensure no further call on council taxpayers. Furthermore, alongside these developments we would extend and continue our work in these communities through the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
    We hope that the OPLC make a decision based on what is right for London, Londoners and for the public purse, with the solution that will stand the test of time for both athletics and football, that helps create a vibrant Olympic Park and delivers the promised legacy of regeneration.
    Tottenham Hotspur can guarantee to deliver on all these fronts.
     
  2. kaz Hirai

    kaz Hirai Well-Known Member

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    our bid is the most sensible, don't know if the legacy company will see it that way though, think the press have done a grand job of making us look like somekind of soulless evil corporate force, like we want to rip up half of big ben and turn it into a Tesco Express :lol:
     
  3. RobinLeonard

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    As a fan I am very biased. But Levy makes so much sense I can't believe anyone is arguing with him.
     
  4. nickchrissi

    nickchrissi Well-Known Member

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    Good! I'm with Karen Brady and every spammer on this one!
     
  5. rez9000

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    This is what confuses me. I read a paper on the way to work everyday and read a Sunday paper and have the Grauniad app, and for the life of me, I can't see this bias peopele have mentioned in the media.

    The Sun may be biased (I'm conjecturing - I wouldnt' buy that piece of shit rag for all the tea in China) because of Brady and the fact that it's always biased, often on both sides of an argument, but I don't see it in the rest of the media.
     
  6. kaz Hirai

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    maybe the tide has turned recently? but ive read a few papers with big sensational spreads talking about how we are going to march in and practically implode the beautiful olympic stadium that will be the envy of the world and paid for by the blood and sweat of the people of Britain, while sweet old west ham will keep it intact just the way nature intended
     
  7. rez9000

    rez9000 Upstanding Member

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    I honestly don't know what to tell you, mate. I simply can't remember a time when I've felt that Spurs were slighted when speaking of the OS. The odd time, I've thought they've got something wrong, but that's about the strength of it.

    Dunno, really. :shrug:
     
  8. SpurSince57

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    Tottenham, however, can just fuck off.
     
  9. Phantom

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    It was mainly coverage of views given by nobodies from the world of Athletics, and of course the Wet spam she devil who moans about us daring to comment on our own bid. The amount of mud slinging coming from her has probably swayed more spurs fans towards getting the OS than anything Levy has said.
     
  10. SpurSince57

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    Flashback to May last year!

    http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/fut...rthumberland-development-project-190510a.html

    Yes, Daniel. Whatever you say.
     
  11. hybridsoldier

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    Seems like Levy envisages the club expanding beyond just the local community in Tottenham but providing lots of great community stuff in the east north and south...you have to commend that. Seems like he sees us becoming more a London focused club than Tottenham focused.

    I have been against it and for it, I think it genuinely is the only option for us. If people want the club to move forward on and off the pitch then...we have to make this move. I think staying in Tottenham at the expense of progress into one of the biggest clubs in Europe is foolish.
     
  12. Chris12345

    Chris12345 LADdam Hussein

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    Fuck off Levy... seriously, just fuck off... I appreciate you've done a lot of good for the club, but for the love of fuck, sell up now.

    And that's as constructive as I'm going to get.
     
  13. Chris12345

    Chris12345 LADdam Hussein

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    Unless this is all one absolutely massive bluff... which it might be... hopefully... pleeeease?
     
  14. SpurSince57

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    It doesn't strike you that bullshit doesn't even come close?
     
  15. PLTuck

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    In the BBC London article I saw a week or two ago, they were VERY biased. It was a one sided argument in favour of the West Ham bid. Not one argument was made as to why the Spurs bid should win. It pretty much focussed on the athletics legacy and track, and the fact that West Ham would keep the track.

    It didnt mention that our bid represented better value for the taxpayer, made better overall financial sense, and is a joint application with the company that has made the O2 such a fantastic venue.
     
  16. spursphil

    spursphil Tottenham To The Bone

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    Your rudeness to other people who hold a different opinion to you is nothing short of staggering.
     
  17. SpurSince57

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    I meant the bullshit came from Levy, not HS, and have edited my reply to make this clearer.

    Maybe you should re-read the effusive statements Levy was making just months ago regarding the NDP and his commitment to Tottenham and compare them with what he's saying now.
     
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    It is a rather cataclysmic U-turn in attitude from DL. Maybe he's learnt some of Harry's PR techniques.
     
  19. dannythomas

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    The West Ham bid is superior in every way. Hopefully they will get it and then the NDP will be a Phoenix from the flames.
     
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    What way in particular is it superior?
     

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