Olympic Stadium operators would ‘welcome’ solving Spurs’ stadium crisis

Tottenham could be set to share with West Ham for a year as LLDC chiefs encourage an application to co-share.

One hot topic relating to Tottenham Hotspur has been all over the back pages this week, the possibility the North Londoners may be homeless for the 2017-18 season as they seek to redevelop the area around White Hart Lane into a 56,000 seater state of the art new stadium.

Several solutions have been put forward, and the latest certainly won't please everyone in London, as the mooted suggestion will involve Spurs sharing a ground with city rivals West Ham.

By that time, the Hammers would have already taken up residency at the old Olympic Stadium, with the East Londoners due to move to Stratford for the start of the 2016-17 season. 

Tottenham of course battled West Ham for tenancy of the stadium, an affair that was feisty to put it mildly, and it would be an uneasy alliance if the two had to share something so fiercely disputed.

But the decision on whether that would become a reality is not West Ham's to make, it is that of The London Legacy Development Committee, who have encouraged Spurs to make an application to co-share the ground, welcoming the extra revenue such a move would bring in to the foundation. 

“If they approached us, we would certainly talk," Chief Executive Dennis Hone told LLDC committee members earlier in the week, report the Standard.

Committee chairman John Briggs also seemed to be open to a move, saying: "The Olympic Stadium is a good option for Spurs fans and for taxpayers - although West Ham may have something to say about it – but I’m sure it would be possible to come to a ground-sharing agreement.

“The Government has cut funding to the LLDC, so it’s pretty clear it would welcome an approach from Tottenham, as the income generated would be a boost,” he added.

It may be a more attractive option to Spurs fans than a temporary move to the Emirates, or heading miles out of the capital to Milton Keynes, sharing with a side that escaped from London permanently.

But it won't be easy to swallow for those of a claret and blue persuasion.

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