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Real Sociedad show the way to remove running track

anoeta_topReal Sociedad have revealed detailed plans of how they plan to remove their running track while continuing to use their Estadio Anoeta stadium.

Work has already started this summer and over the next two seasons, they will reconstruct their stadium to remove the Athletics running track while continuing to play there. The pitch will be lowered and spectators moved closer to the playing field while both end zones rebuilt entirely.

The total budget has been set at €50,745,132. The Basque Country government have agreed to contribute €10 million, while Gipuzkoa local council will add further €4 million, leaving Real Sociedad 20anoetawith €36 million to cover.

The scheme will give renewed hope that possibly one day a solution could be found to move spectators closer to the pitch should Athletics leave the London Stadium.

You can read  all about the Real Sociedad plans at http://stadiumdb.com/news/2016/12/san_sebastian_real_sociedads_detailed_schedule_of_anoeta_revamp

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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

14 comments on “Real Sociedad show the way to remove running track

  1. So shall we report them to the EU for government subsidy.

    • Good point Sleeps, it’s only in our “Little England” where fans of rival clubs are so bitter that they would deny anyone any help… the option of lowerring the pitch is definitely possible at the OS but the Little Englanders will never allow more public money to be spent.

      • I just wonder wether water-logging would be a problem, with the London Stadium being on a small island, and the pitch probably ending up below sea level lol.

        • lol. I haven’t done the tour but I think that the changing rooms and warm up tracks are below current pitch level and there is effectively a level already in place underneath the pitch, anything that would bring us closer to the action would be great 😀

  2. Pointless article ad it would never happen at the l.s

    • How do you know it will “never” happen.Who are you bleedin Mystic Smeg? 😂

      • Rads we dont even own it and there is scheduled athletics in years to come plus it was part of the contract the track must stay ..so its quite simple really.

        • Ok Kip we will revisit this convo in 10 years time if we aint snuffed it 😂 because i think there are going to be many changes in the next 10 years or so 😁

  3. Well we want the LS Stadium . Make a bigger hole and put in more seats . The problem is that we won’t have bums on them if we are in the Championship . The move to the Olympic Stadium was probably too ambitious but , hey , if you don’t try to be ambitious you might as well give up before you begin . What we maybe need is a ” take over ” with money behind it . Much like Chelsea , Man City , Leicester , Man Utd , Liverpool and many others . Big money grows big clubs . But Tottenham are going forward regardless with Thier very well planned development . At least they seem unified and directed . Unlike Us . West Ham have been the babes in the wood for as long as I can remember . The occasional success to inject support and following but , apart from that it’s all been down to Passion and a love for our Heritage and our love of the East of London with all its unrivaled History . The David’s for all Thier passion and desire are not realizing Thier nor our dreams . We need a massive overhaul which only Big Money can achieve . The LS was not the answer but things can change . ,,,, just as long as we stay in the Premiership . To do that it’s probably better to change the Manager before it’s too late . Otherwise the ambitious move to the OLYMPIC Stadium will be a complete disa

  4. Be great but would have to own it wouldn’t we. Didn’t they just set another 5 years of athletics.

  5. The concept of lowering the pitch has been around for decades. I think I read somewhere that it wouldn’t be viable at Stratford due to ground pollution. Apparently the clean up before the Olympics was done on the cheap and only extended to a nominal depth. If you start digging, you will hit seriously polluted soil which will be expensive to clean up.

    Surely no one expected a straightforward solution at LS?!!

  6. You can’t dig down further as it is an old Egyptian burial site.I read a rumour there are pyramids there.

  7. The roof would probably have to be extended aswell if you could dig down as the new seats would be exposed to the rain

    • Good point mate, as we don’t have to worry about the cost they can add a retractable roof for another few hundred million make it a genuine 12 month a year option for all weather activities 😉

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