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Villa Park out of Olympic line up

Planned construction work at Villa Park has ended hopes to include the stadium on the Olympic list for London 2012.

Aston Villa Football Club is considering major construction work for its Birmingham home and as a result cannot commit to hosting matches for the Olympics’ football competition.

The club has planning permission to rebuild the North Stand, increasing capacity from 43,000 to about 51,000.
But Locog said it was “looking at options for replacing Villa Park”.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games made the joint decision with the football club and they will now consider other grounds in the Midlands, subject to International Olympic Committee approval.

A spokeswoman for Aston Villa FC today told Construction News: “Our plans for development of the ground will clash with the Olympics thus compromising our position as a host venue however, there is nothing more that can be confirmed at this point as nothing more definite is in place as yet.”

Locog has been working with its selected football venues over the past eight months progressing and confirming plans across the tournament, and said it now needed firm commitments from all the host stadia.

Locog said: “It has been agreed with Aston Villa that because they are unable to make firm commitments to the project, the best course of action is for Villa Park to be withdrawn as an Olympic venue.”.