Declared interests in Olympic Stadium post-2012
04-May-10by Annie Byrne
The Olympic Park Legacy Company says it has secured over 106 expressions of interest in the future of the £547m Olympic Stadium after 2012. They have come from operators such as AEG (owner of the O2 Arena), Essex County Cricket Club and West Ham’s new owners, David Sullivan and David Gold, among others.Potential candidates have until 17 May to register their interest with a shortlist of 30 to be drawn up in June. A final decision on who will take tenancy of the 80,000-seater stadium after the Games is likely in July 2010. A spokesperson for the Olympic Park Legacy Company told the BBC: “AEG has expressed an initial interest in the future of the Olympic Park and, as the world's leading sports venue owner and operator, it makes total sense for us to explore potential ideas for its future success.” AEG, which owns several stadiums through the US, has not set out its plans for the venue.Initially, the Legacy Company intended for the stadium to be reduced to a 25,000-seat arena for athletics. This has not been well-received by potential tenants, due to costs involved in removing the extra seating and meeting the athletics commitment.West Ham has said it is ready to work with Newham Council in a joint venture, which would see the stadium develop into a 60,000-capacity venue during the winter and as a cricket or athletics venue in the summer.