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London Olympic Stadium may not reopen until 2016

Nov 14, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

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The beautiful Olympic Stadium that just hosted a near perfect Olympics and Paralympics may not enjoy another event from now until late-2016.

The stadium was set to open as the centerpiece of the newly dubbed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as early as next year (though more likely in 2014), but negotiations regarding who will fund the roughly $285 million in renovations has stalled the process.

English Premier League football team West Ham United is still considered the front-runner to sign a 99-year lease with the stadium next month.

UK Athletics chair Ed Warner is frothing at the mouth over the renovation and now says he thinks London Mayor Boris Johnson, who also heads the London Legacy Development Corporation, is putting his reputation and political future at risk if he doesn’t get the stadium open sooner.

“This is fast becoming a Stratford farce,” Warner, who will oversee the 2017 world track championships set to be held at Olympic Stadium, told the London Independent. “West Ham have been phenomenally patient over the last few months. I would urge those making the decision to please get on and do it. Get it open.”

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