OS pitch to be tarmacked over

roc-cropped-f1_3336703Saturday saw the last ‘pitch sports event’ at the former Olympic Stadium when England lost against New Zealand 2-9 in a Rugby League match in front of 44,393 fans. The next pitch sports event to be played at the Olympic Stadium will be when West Ham trot out in August 2016.

Work will now begin in haste to lay down tarmac over the pitch to create a race track for the Race of Champions on the weekend of the 20th and 21st November.

wembleyThe Race Of Champions is an annual end-of-season contest which has been held for over 25 years. It brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, World Rally, Le Mans, MotoGP, Nascar, IndyCar and the X-Games and let’s them battle head-to-head in identical machinery.

In recent years ROC has visited the Stade de France in Paris (2004-2006), London’s Wembley Stadium (2007-2008), the ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium in Beijing (2009), Düsseldorf’s Esprit Arena (2010-2011), the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok (2012) and Bushy Park Barbados (2014). Now the event is returning to its European roots once more at the Olympic Stadium.

Drivers already announced for the 2015 Race Of Champions:

  • Sebastian VETTEL, four-time Formula 1 World Champion
  • Tom KRISTENSEN, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner
  • Petter SOLBERG, World Rallycross Champion 2014, World Rally Champion 2003
  • David COULTHARD, reigning ROC Champion of Champions
  • Mick DOOHAN, five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion
  • Daniel RICCIARDO, three-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
  • Jorge LORENZO, double MotoGP World Champion
  • Nico HÜLKENBERG, F1 star and 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours winner
  • Jenson BUTTON, 2009 Formula 1 World Champion

More information at  http://www.raceofchampions.com/

Both the pitch and running track will be replaced after the motor racing event before West Ham take up their occupancy in 2016.




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

4 comments on “OS pitch to be tarmacked over

  1. We should bury the un named racist accuser under it,!!!!
    I hope its possible for him to be sued for his accusations….

  2. I wonder how much these guys are renting the stadium for & if they are paying for the stadium transformation.

    Sean do you have any idea what the pre-season plans will be.. I would like to think we’ll be playing as many pre-season games as possible at the new stadium so we can all start to feel at home especially the players OR its going to be like playing 38 away games next season.. and I guess we will have to pay extra for any additional matches

  3. I assume the organisers are paying a one off rent or a reduced rent plus a share of the ticket revenue. I am sure they will pay for the laying down of the race track and it’s removal but they won’t pay towards general rebuilding costs.

    As for pre season plans, these will be very limited. UK Athletics take over the stadium on the last Friday in June and give it back at the end of July. Considering it takes 7 days to transform the each to and from Athletics mode and UK Athletics have a 4 week contract it means that the stadium will be ready for the end of the first week in August which is traditionally the first weekend of the Premier League.

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