Thursday, 21 March 2013
Have Leeds United left it too late to bid for the Olympic Stadium?
Having missed the opportunity of revamping the squad in January and of replacing manager Neil Warnock at the same time, it now seems the Arab bank is about to lose out on the Olympic Stadium, with confident predictions that, replete with retractable seating, it will be awarded to West Ham United tomorrow.
What a missed opportunity! Leeds are such a huge club that it seems absurd for them to retain the 39,000 capacity Elland Road as a home stadium. And why stay in a city where fans will only turn up in reasonable numbers if the price of entry is made comparable with a KFC Family Bucket?
Just imagine what Leeds could have achieved had the club moved to London. Suddenly proper players would have been keen to join, attracted to one of the greatest cities in the world!
Wimbledon made the move in the opposite direction, setting the precedent, and GFH Capital, with a greater sense of vision, could have renamed the club Stratford Leeds AFC and settled snugly into the Olympic Stadium, attracting gates of 60,000 for every home game, and facilitating the sale of the club to an Arab or Russian oligarch, attracted by the unlimited potential of a club located in London and occupying a state of the art stadium, remodelled at the expense of the tax payer.
How galling must it be for the fans of Leeds United to know that their taxes are helping to remodel a stadium to improve sight lines for West Ham fans? How much better would it have been if this sleeping giant of a club had secured the stadium as their own?
Posted by Hammersfan at 19:01