LBC 97.3 can reveal both West Ham Utd and Leyton Orient football clubs are bidding to move into the Olympic Stadium after London 2012.
The London Legacy Development Corporation has confirmed it received four official bids by this lunchtime’s latest deadline.
It’s the third time the bidding process has been run, after the LLDC re-opened the process in May and the Hammers were thwarted with taking over of the stadium last year because of legal challenges.
Whoever is chosen will be ‘concessionaries’ or tenants sharing the stadium along with UK Athletics. The 2017 World Athletics Championships will also be staged in Stratford.
A decision isn’t expected til September at the earliest with the aim of using the Stadium in 2014. A spokesperson for the London Legacy Development Corporation said “The London Legacy Development Corporation has received four bids from parties interested in becoming concessionaires of the Stadium after the Games. The Legacy Corporation will assess the bid submissions to determine the winning concessionaires to occupy the Stadium alongside athletics.”
But our Olympics Correspondent John Cushing’s understands both West Ham Utd and Leyton Orient are definitely 2 of the 4.
It’s believed the Premier League newboys see their long term future away from Upton Park and in the Olympic Park with the aim of creating a long term legacy for the Stadium. The O’s have also re-entered the process with a source telling us it would be a ‘dream’ to move in but admits it would be a gamble too. Both clubs are restricted from talking about it officially because of confidentially clauses.
But the University of East London has confirmed to LBC 97.3 its withdrawn its bid, in partnership with Essex Cricket Club, for the latest process.
A University of East London spokesperson said “The University of East London has decided that it will not be proceeding with its submission in relation to the Olympic Stadium. As a university, we continue to have a strong interest in ensuring students and staff can gain full benefit from the world-class facilities within the Olympic Park, as well as contributing to the overall legacy of the London 2012 Games.”