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time.With Friday marking only six months to go until the start of the Games, the future of the stadium is still up in the air. A tender process is under way, and though West Ham are the favourites to move in, there remain doubts at the club about the terms they are being offered.The uncertainty is in contrast to Manchester's Commonwealth Games stadium, which was built with the plan already in place for Manchester City to become tenants after the 2002 event.Armitt insists that the decision for a flexible future use for the Olympic Stadium made sense at the time."You can only deal with the facts as they are when you have to make a decision, and when we had to make a decision about the stadium there was no great interest at all from anybody about taking it on as a football stadium," he said."There was a commitment that there would be an international athletics stadium. We didn't want a white elephant so we consciously said 'let's design something which is demountable and can go from 80,000 seats to 25,000 post the Games'."Today with hindsight would you have done a Manchester City solution? Maybe, but that would have cost quite a lot more. At that time our focus was on keeping within budget and keeping the costs down."What I think we have got is a superb stadium from an engineering point of view."West Ham are keen to explore installing retractable seating and Armitt said that is a possibility but will be costly.He added: "In terms of West Ham's or anybody else's ability to use it for football, then yes they will have to make some adjustments but they will cost a lot less than it would do to build a new stadium."We have stuck to our principle of having an athletics stadium as well so I think at the end of the day we are in a pretty good place."We could have designed in retractable seating from the outset but that would have cost more undoubtedly, so we didn't. But to go back now and change the lower tier and retro fit it into a retractable solution clearly can be Reebok Khaki Suede

number of options for the future.The ODA chairman admitted that with hindsight it may have been better though more expensive to have built it specifically for a football club to move in after the Games but that there was no interest at the Reebok Deep Range Low

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done and that's an option which West Ham or anybody else have."Armitt also defended the expensive wave shaped roof of the aquatics centre that added to the cost of the venue almost four times the cost estimated when London bid for the Games.Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales has even claimed the roof of the centre, designed by leading architect Zaha Hadid, would have to be removed and replaced to avoid becoming a huge financial burden after the Games.Armitt insisted that was not the case, saying: "I don't think there is any particular cost in the upkeep of the roof. One has to recognise that with the aquatics centre London has an absolutely iconic piece of architecture and I Saucony Cohesion have always made the point to people that iconic architecture does not come cheap."After the Games, when the temporary wings come off, the purity of what Zaha Hadid designed will be evident from the outside of the building."When anybody walks into it they all gasp. They all say 'Wow!' After the Games it will be equally breathtaking from the outside and it is the sort of building that becomes a landmark."Yes it cost a lot to build and by it's nature with two 50m pools and a dive pool it will not be cheap to run but one thing is for sure, everybody will want to swim there and it will be used 24 7."

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