London 12 Olympics: Essex CCC bid for tenancy of Olympic Stadium

Hammers face competition from Essex CCC for Olympic Stadium tenancy

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12:06 GMT, 30 March 2012

Essex County Cricket Club, together with the University of East London, will compete with West Ham United to become tenants of the Olympic Stadium.

The club confirmed their bid but were unable to divuldge details, stating simply that they plan to 'utilise space in the Olympic stadium'.

Four parties submitted bids before last Friday's deadline with a decision expected in May.

Up for grabs: Four bidders are vying to become tenants of the Olympic Stadium

Up for grabs: Four bidders are vying to become tenants of the Olympic Stadium

Essex said in a statement to the BBC: 'We can confirm that the University of East London and Essex County Cricket Club have jointly put in a bid to the Olympic Park Legacy Company to utilise space in the Olympic stadium.

'We cannot provide any further detail at this stage, as we are bound by a legal confidentiality agreement.

'We can though state that both UEL and Essex Cricket see this as a fantastic opportunity. We are committed to supporting the achievement of the best possible outcomes from the Legacy operation of the Olympic Stadium.'

Bidding: West Ham hope to move into the Olympic Stadium

Bidding: West Ham hope to move into the Olympic Stadium

It is not known whether the proposal combines a cricket pitch with the athletics
track.

Championship side West Ham were initially awarded the stadium last year, but the deal fell through following complaints from Tottenham and Leyton Orient.

It was subsequently decided that the stadium would remain in public ownership.

Rugby clubs Saracens, Wasps and London Irish opted not to bid.