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Hearn casts doubt on 2012 stadium

The Olympic Stadium
An artist's impression of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn casts further doubt over the future of the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

Hearn told BBC London 94.9: "Leyton Orient will not be going to the Olympic Stadium that has got an athletics track around the middle."

Initial plans were to develop an 80,000-seater stadium which could be scaled down into a community venue.

That way a 25,000-seater venue could become home to a lower-league football or rugby club.

Officials planned to transform it into a stadium that could host grand prix athletics events and other national sport events but would also serve the communities of the boroughs.

This is an easy business to work out, just give the people what they need and stop whingeing about what it's going to cost

Barry Hearn
But Hearn's latest comments suggest that a lower-league club would not be interested in a stadium that retained an athletics track and officials are still denying any rumours that it could be knocked down and rebuilt for a Premier League side.

"If they would have said on day one, let's give it to West Ham, give it to Tottenham, it's an 80,000 seater it would have worked."

"It's sad for me, this is an easy business to work out, just give the people what they need and stop whingeing about what it's going to cost 9.3m - 2.4bn, who knows? I don't really care as long as everyone in London gets something out of it.

"We just need some common-sense. It's a wonderful facility. The Olympics coming to the east end of London is wonderful."




see also
Leyton Orient 0-3 Stockport
13 Sep 08 |  League One
Orient snap up West Ham's Jeffrey
12 Sep 08 |  Leyton Orient
Shrews land midfielder Thornton
12 Sep 08 |  Shrewsbury
2012 bosses deny demolition plan
05 Sep 08 |  London 2012


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