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Talks with Chicago to recycle London 2012 stadium

Parts of the London 2012 Olympic Games main stadium could be reused in Chicago, an early favourite to host the 2016 Games, as talks begin between officials.

An Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) spokesman explained: London 2012 is designed to be different with a significant amount of temporary infrastructure to ensure the Games leaves a sustainable legacy. 

It is early days and we have only held preliminary and very recent discussions with Chicago  - at their instigation -  covering some of the technical aspects of relocating so many seats, but it is obviously good news that there is already interest in re-using them.

Reports suggest that 55,000 seats will be removed from the 80,000 seat arena and shipped across the Atlantic.

Other suggestions include the stadium being bolted together rather than welded so that it could be transported and used again.

However the ODA spokesman made it clear that no decision had yet been made. He added: We would be very happy to have the same discussions [about reuse] with any other bidding cities in the coming months.

It is right that we should explore any opportunities that would recover some of the cost incurred by the lottery and public purse. We will also continue to explore options to relocate facilities within the UK as a priority wherever possible."

Image: The picture shows the stadium expanded out into its constituent parts

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