The stadium is set to decrease to 80,000-seats but there is still no long term tenant: “I hope London avoids that, as I saw in the bid and the build up they made quite a lot of efforts to show how the stadiums will be used after the Olympics” said Simons.
Simons added: “It’s always a danger because it’s such a huge event but I think at this stage we should be hoping that there will be a legacy left.”
Sydney’s Olympic 125,000-seater stadium was built against the advice of the IOC and is now struggling financially with problems filling it.
London’s Olympic organiser’s plans to knock down their 80,000 stadium down to 25,000 seats after the games finish, to house a lower league football or rugby club have been thrown into disarray with football and rugby clubs not wanting to play inside a track because of poor sightlines.
Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 bid has insisted that athletics be the stadium’s primary legacy.
Simons, author of best seller Bamboo Goalposts, believes, that in some aspects the London 2012 will be better than last year’s games, but not in terms of organisation: “In terms of understanding what sport is really about and the true meaning of sport, there is no doubt that it’ll (London) be much better. In terms of the organisation, it’s very hard to beat Beijing which was a security Olympics”
He concluded: “I think it’ll be a much more friendly and passionate Olympics but in terms of spectacular, I don’t think you can compete with Beijing”