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2012 stadium capacity may not reduce

If England hosts the 2018 World Cup then a planned reduction of seats in the main east London stadium from 80,000 to 25,000 after the Olympic Games may not go ahead, Baroness Margaret Ford has said.

She told BBC London: “It is cast in stone that we leave a Grand Prix athletics stadium. But what I have opened is the book around the other kind of value we can add to this stadium.

“If we won the World Cup bid, that would be one reason to keep the stadium at a particular capacity.

“Tessa (Jowell, Olympics minister) and I agree it is more important that we have a stadium built as an attraction. Whether it’s 80,000, 50,000 or 25,000 seats after the Games is a kind of second question.”

London organisers insist the Stratford stadium must be left with an athletics track and the capacity reduced from 80,000 to 25,000 seats following the Games, when it will also be available for community use.

Baroness Ford, who plans to carry out a review of stadium use, is in charge of the company responsible for ensuring the Olympic Park creates benefits for the region.

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