For Sale: Stadium Seating, Lightly Used

London Olympic planners eye passing along parts of arena
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2008 10:45 AM CDT
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited to the London 2012 Olympic site, in east London, on Thursday, May 22, 2008. Construction of the Olympic Stadium began Thursday in a groundbreaking ceremony.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – If Chicago wins its bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, it might follow more closely in London 2012's footsteps than expected. The cities have begun discussing the possible sale of large parts of London's new stadium to Chicago, the Guardian reports. The deal could result in 55,000 seats crossing the Atlantic for reuse in a new Windy City arena.

Chicago could then pass the spare seating (and significant savings) on to the next host city. "If we could box it up and ship it to the next games, that's something that could benefit the Olympic movement," says a city sports director. The London stadium will also have 25,000 permanent seats, for a total capacity of 80,000.