Mayor answers to London

Olympic Stadium

Question number2037/2009
Meeting date15/07/2009

Question by Andrew Boff

What is the cost of altering the size and layout of the stadium to increase its legacy capacity from 25,000 seats to 50,000?

Answer by Boris Johnson (1st Term)

Well, Andrew, there is no plan -- you are asking what is the cost of altering it from 25,000 to 50,000? There is no such plan clearly, so there is no cost yet envisaged.

Andrew Boff (AM): Thank you, Mr Mayor. Obviously the source behind this question is there are some concerns raised amongst the sporting community that the legacy Stadium of 25,000 will actually not be as flexible as is required for hosting some international events which certainly people in the south east would look to it hosting. We have had comments recently from Baroness Ford [Chair, Olympic Park Legacy Company] about wanting to improve the sporting legacy of the Olympic Site. I am just curious as to whether or not you would be sympathetic to reviewing that decision about the size of the Stadium in order to provide a sporting legacy that London can be proud of?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): You are absolutely right. This is something that is, at the moment, out there because my dear friend and colleague, Tessa Jowell [Olympic Minister], has one view about what might happen to the Stadium and that seems to be to rule out the possibility of keeping it up at 80,000. My strong feeling about this is Tessa [Jowell] has got a point of view - perfectly interesting point of view - but I think we should keep as flexible as possible. I think Margaret Ford’s appointment has been extremely good for the Olympic Park Legacy Company. I think she and Andy Altman [Chief Executive, Olympic Park Legacy Company] have got to be allowed to get on with the job of maximising value from the Olympic Site, getting the best possible future for that site and if that can be made to include a Stadium that stays up at 80,000 then I think we should look at that and I think Margaret [Ford] should be given every possible flexibility.

Andrew Boff (AM): I appreciate that very much, Mr Mayor.

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