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23/09/02
New Wembley Helps Olympic Bid, Says Mayor
- Livingstone hopeful of London getting 2012 games

LONDON'S hopes of hosting the 2012 Olympic Games will receive a boost with the start of redevelopment of Wembley Stadium, reckons London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

"The new Wembley, and the enormous success of the Manchester Commonwealth Games, will make hosting the Olympics a distinct possibility," Livingstone said.

Strangely, the Mayor is still thought to back another new stadium, in east London, as part of the Olympic bid, while major sports bodies also want to revamp Crystal Palace athletics stadium in south London.

Conflicting interest and planning confusion have blighted the search for a grand new home for both British athletics and football, but it does seem as if Wembley is finally to get the go-ahead after years of wrangling.

The new stadium is forecast to cost UKP750 million, making it easily the most expensive stadium in the world. Its backers would also claim it will be the best, but some are not happy with seating arrangements which include 19,000 executive style seats out of a total capacity of 90,000.




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