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Josh 4:25 Wed Aug 16
No home games until Sept again - 18/19?

http://www.london-stadium.com/top-stories/london-stadium-host-groundbreaking-athletics-event-meet

London Stadium will host a new format of athletics in 2018, as Great Britain face off against the USA in ‘The Meet’, on Saturday 21 July.

An entirely new format for track & field, the one day competition will see athletes from both nations compete head to head in nine events, including running, jumping and relay.

The Stadium attracted in excess of one million fans for this summer’s IAAF World Athletics Championships and IPC World ParaAthletics Championships, and one of GB’s stars, Sir Mo Farah, expressed his excitement at the new event.

“The Meet’ is a great idea and will be a fantastic event for athletics fans especially as it’s at London Stadium, which is an amazing venue and has given me so many memories over the years,” he said.

“I think the UK has the best athletics fans in the world and I have no doubt they will be there to cheer the British Athletics team on when they compete against Team USATF. It is going to be awesome.”

Farah’s views were mirrored by Adam Gemili, whose efforts as part of GB’s 4x100m relay team saw the sprinter seal gold in front of a sellout crowd at London Stadium.

“This is the head-to-head in world athletics,” he said.

“We have a great sporting rivalry with the USA team and we look forward to seeing which nation comes out strongest at ‘The Meet’ next summer. The event is all about power, speed and excitement. I can’t wait.”

Niels de Vos, Chief Executive Officer of British Athletics, added that The Meet would continue to enthuse a generation of fans which have seen London Stadium become synonymous with the finest events in world athletics.

“‘The Meet’ will provide audiences with a fantastic head-to-head match between British Athletics and USA Track & Field, and promises to be one of the biggest events in athletics in 2018,” said de Vos.

“We are delighted to host Team USATF here in London, in an event that will excite spectators in the best athletics stadium in the world. This event will thrill a whole new generation of athletics fans who have attended London Stadium in their hundreds of thousands for the Muller Anniversary Games, World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships.”

Specific format and athlete participants will be announced early in 2018 and ticketing details will be announced shortly.

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MikeHammer 4:15 Fri Aug 18
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
Whatever .... don't get me wrong, Athletics has an agreement too and if you are going to have a multi purpose stadia then these are the challenges. The issues remains for the owners and third party contracts to make changes swiftly and with least hassle and cost - it will take some time before that happens I suspect ... and more financial outlay.

WorldCupWilly 3:43 Fri Aug 18
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
And it's LS185 who are the stadium operators that have to do the conversion - E20 Stadium are the owners.

Sven Roeder 3:43 Fri Aug 18
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
The Good News for season ticket holders is that you will never have to worry about missing August home matches because you are away on holiday.
And you can spend Boxing Day with the wife at the Christmas sales or at home with the mother in law.

WorldCupWilly 3:39 Fri Aug 18
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
That's still not news - the contract specifies that they have until 3 days before the start of the football season to convert the stadium. Next year the season will probably start on 18th August - that means 2 weeks to get it converted. That only becomes a problem if we are in the Championship that typically start a week earlier.

MikeHammer 2:19 Fri Aug 18
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
It is news when the stadium operators - E20 Stadium . Aonly have 3 days to covert back to football - I suppose the challenge is theirs to have a more efficient seating system ?

Sven Roeder 2:04 Fri Aug 18
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
British athletics puts on athletics.
The best Athletics stadium in the country is the Olympic stadium.
I presume they will have a round of the Diamond League there EVERY July .... and if they can schedule other high profile events they will

People seem to like watching athletics there

IS THIS NEWS?

WorldCupWilly 1:57 Fri Aug 18
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
They are not trying anything on - athletics have the right to use the stadium until 31 July for 50 years. As long as they vacate the place by that date so the conversion process can start, until then they can run around in circles.

MikeHammer 1:22 Fri Aug 18
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
Latest announcement from Athletics guys appears to make the same issues occurring next year - are they trying it on?

Dan M 8:05 Thu Aug 17
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
OTB is actually an amputee actor planted on here by Karren Brady.

scott_d 2:57 Thu Aug 17
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
This seems to be upsetting people as if it was something that is new and unexpected?

It was quite clear that the World Championships would interfere with football as it was already organised before we had moved into the stadium. EVERYONE knew what the situation was this season and if you didn't know it's just because you missed the info - can't blame the club for that.


I can't see anywhere that states that next season will be the same? This Athletics event is a one dayer on 21st July so more than likely will have no impact on the premier league season opener.

OK we might not get our prestigious pre-season in like we have done most seasons but does it really matter? Did Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Spurs or Chelsea play any friendlies at home before the season kicked off? If it was so important then everyone would be doing it but not many top teams do these days. We only used to moan about losing a meaningless friendly against Sampdoria anyway.

On The Ball 10:32 Thu Aug 17
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
Oh fuck off, I don't get paid*





*My ST just happens to be free

bruuuno 10:30 Thu Aug 17
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
OTB being PAID to LIE by the BERKS again I see

On The Ball 10:21 Thu Aug 17
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
We can play at home on Boxing Day.

zico 2:25 Thu Aug 17
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
I dunno why they just don't they just leave the running track uncovered and use it as a safe standing area for kids. No need for ball boys then!!

WorldCupWilly 1:37 Thu Aug 17
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
Where's this "can't play at home on Boxing Day" come from! The busiest shopping day of the year is the Saturday before Christmas - many more people out at the shops than on Boxing Day which only ranks 6th busiest in number of people.

And on the busiest shopping day of the year we are at home to Newcastle at 3 o'clock!

Ritchie9 10:11 Wed Aug 16
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
So no pre season game at home to give new signings a feel of the place before the season kicks off, or if we qualify for Europe we can't play at home and on Boxing Day there are too many people shopping for us to be allowed to play at home. Don't know why I keep saying home as this rented cesspit will never be our home. I hope the fucking place burns to the ground. (Obviously with nobody in it)

cup of tea 9:29 Wed Aug 16
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
Everyone in favour of this move is now having to reap what a cess pit this place is. I have no sympathy whatsoever with anyone moaning about no home games at certain times and no Saturday games. Unless you were (are) brain dead you should have seen all this coming

Put up or shut up is what I say.

David L 9:22 Wed Aug 16
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
It's MOHAMMED Farah by the way.

As an aside, hIs missus don't get any better does she? Never liked her since she pulled hat sponsored Flymo stunt at the olympics then got the hump about it.

gph 9:19 Wed Aug 16
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
"It is going to be awesome"

Running in straight lines, running round curves and EVEN in circles, running while CARRYING THINGS, throwing things about (THREE DIFFERENT THINGS!), jumping in SEVERAL DIFFERENT WAYS.

I can't wait to miss it.

Keep dreaming 8:42 Wed Aug 16
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
Shambles.
Can't call this our home

Mike Oxsaw 8:13 Wed Aug 16
Re: No home games until Sept again - 18/19?
Tax Payers Matter

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