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Portable Stadium

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One of the key figures behind the City of Manchester Stadium, former principal architect at Arup Associates James Burland, has revealed plans for a 'portable stadium'. The scheme - aimed at cities bidding for the Olympics or other major sporting events - is based upon the concept of transportable and divisible elements, and will have a maximum capacity of 80,000. Burland said sports minister Richard Caborn had seen the plans and asked him to develop them further with reference to a possible London Olympic bid. 'The minister made it quite clear to me that he is not interested in a 100,000-seater stadium that will become a white elephant, and new ideas in engineering and development financing mean that you could have a splendid portable stadium as the centrepiece to the bid, 'Burland said. Among other advantages outlined are a reduced capital outlay, the elimination of the need for the stadium to be converted post-event, and the possible recycling of the structural elements. Burland is determined it will be cheaper than a permanent structure.

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