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New athletics event at London Stadium this summer

The London Stadium will host a new athletics World Cup event this summer, with eight top nations competing.

The inaugural tournament is scheduled for 14th and 15th July – the same weekend as the World Cup final in Russia and the Wimbledon finals. Britain and the United States will take part, along with South Africa, Poland, France, China, Germany and Jamaica.One male and one female athlete from each nation will compete in each track and field event.

The countries will be competing for prize money of £1.42 million ($2m) over two evening sessions at the London Stadium.

The normal Diamond league  Anniversary games athletics meeting will be hosted at the London Stadium on the following weekend on Saturday 21st July – Sunday 22nd July.

The stadium then faces a two-week £4m transformation to return it to football mode for West Ham before the start of the season on 11th/12th August. The Championship starts one week earlier on 5th 7 6th August should the Hammers suffer relegation but the stadium owners are confident they can return the stadium before that date this summer as the East stand is not scheduled to be moved.

West Ham Vice Chairman broke silence on Twitter to answer a West Ham fan’s question on the Athletics event saying “I can confirm that the entire stadium will be back in full football mode by 1st August & West Ham United fixtures take priority. For the IAAF – the contract to host that tournament was signed before we signed our agreement, so that was the only exception to priority rule”

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “New athletics event at London Stadium this summer

  1. The Championship starts a week before!

  2. That’s fun . Could be another case of three away games to kick off the season .

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