London Stadium athletics days are numbered

27 May, 2023
written by Sean Whetstone
Yesterday, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan pledged millions of pounds for a new athletics hub at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre which is likely to spell the beginning of the end of athletics at the London Stadium.

The money is being spent to revitalise a 15,000-seat stadium that used to be the home for elite athletics in London but has slowly gone to ruin with the track peppered with holes. The revamp may take up to five years to reach completion but could prove the new home for the sport in the capital amid doubts over the sport’s long-term future at the London Stadium.

Campaigners welcomed the news after a decade-long fight and “so many false starts” but were still sceptical, warning it was potentially part of an early election push by Khan ahead of the next Mayoral vote in 2024. Crystal Palace National Sports Centre opened in 1964 and used to host the London Grand Prix, featuring elite athletes ranging from Seb Coe to Usain Bolt during its prime.

Athletics returns to the London Stadium for the first time in 4 years for the London Diamond League this July.

The London Diamond League event will be held on 23rd July 2023



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