West Ham United has published plans for the redevelopment of the Olympic Stadium, which will become the club’s home from August 2016.
Drawings on the club’s website illustrate how a lower level of retractable seats can be brought closer to the pitch, over the Mondo track, to make the site more suitable for football and pushed back to accommodate athletics.
‘An automated system using drive motors will move all four sides of the lower bowl forward to bring the seats closer to the pitch, thus ensuring that the running track will not be visible when the stadium is in football mode,’ a statement on the site says.
‘The designs [mean] the seating distances will compare favourably with the the Emirates and Wembley and top stadia around the world. By way of example, they will be 10m closer to the goal line than the Stade De France in Paris, which boasts a similar system.’