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RACE TO BUILD NATIONAL STADIUM TURNS NASTY

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A row has broken out over Sheffield's last minute alteration of its bid to win the contest for lottery money to bui...
A row has broken out over Sheffield's last minute alteration of its bid to win the contest for lottery money to build the new national sports stadium.

The Yorkshire Post reports (p1) that the backers of a rival Bradford bid to win £200m to build a Superdrome at Odsal say it is 'wholly inappropriate' that Sheffield may be allowed to change its plans radically three months after the original deadline. Superdrome chief executive John Garside accused Sheffield of becoming 'handout city'.

Sheffield City Trust, an offshoot of the city council, says the Sports Council encouraged the new bid at a meeting on Wednesday even though the deadline passed on 14 July. The change is believed to reflect concerns that the Sports Council has about a multi-purpose stadium.

Mr Garside said : 'To talk of having one stadium with a capacity of up to 50,000 and another of 80,000 within yards of each other just shows that Sheffield Council does not care about economics and the best use of public funds but is merely concerned with its own glory - if breeding white elephants is glorious, that is.'

Terry Evans, executive officer of the Sheffield City Trust said the over-riding factor should be finding the best site for Britain, reports the Post. 'I am not going to get into a slanging match. We simply thing the Sheffield proposal is worth an extra few weeks to consider.'

Sheffield City Trust members are travelling to London to deliver their bid on 26 October.

A spokesman for the Sports Council told the Yorkshire Post: 'We will have to wait and see if we receive that bid and the chairman will then lead a discussion with the steering group, until then I cannot really comment.'

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