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Crystal Palace loses Diamond League meeting to Olympic Stadium

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THE London Grand Prix, which is traditionally held at Crystal Palace, will be held at the Olympic Stadium for the first time this year, prompting fears over the future of the south London venue.
The event is set to take part on July 27 to mark the anniversary weekend of the opening ceremony at last year's Olympic Games, just two weeks before the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on August 10.
Athletics fans who have already bought tickets for Crystal Palace are set to be refunded and will get the first opportunity to buy tickets for the event in east London.
Many people have taken to Twitter to suggest what may happen to the venue at Crystal Palace, which is crying out for redevelopment, with some suggesting it's time for Crystal Palace Football Club to step in and move away from their Selhurst Park stadium.
@JaredAGray tweeted: "There's no way it can compete with the Olympic Stadium for athletic events', while @gingereagle said: 'The council could regenerate, making thousands of jobs and a new ground for Palace with shops'.
@ebeling_J responded with: 'Time for CPFC to open talks about relocating. I remember the plans they drew up a couple of years back'.
And @rolyhamroll agrees, saying: 'Bring in CPFC. It will never be filled or invested in otherwise. But the residents need winning over'.
@skepzman believes if Palace decided to move in, they could redevelop other areas of the park.
He said: 'Even as a football fan, I grew up in that park. It's run down and in major need of redevelopment. CPFC could make use of the ground and redevelops some of the park as part of the deal'.
Meanwhile, @kazbax said now is the time for the government to step in to help the next generation.
She tweeted: 'Shambolic that money has not been spent to keep it updated. If the government wants kids to excel at all sports, they need to plough funds in'.
What do YOU, the people of Croydon and local area, think about the latest news? Is this the end of the Crystal Palace athletics track? Is this a chance for Crystal Palace Football Club to step in? What does this hold for the future of athletics in south London?
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