West Ham favourites for Olympic Stadium after rugby rivals drop out of fresh bid process
23:03 GMT, 23 March 2012
West Ham remain overwhelming favourites to move into the Olympic Stadium post-Games after London's major rugby union clubs snubbed the idea of making the 500million arena their new home.
Bidding for the Stadium closed on Friday
with four names having entered but Saracens, Wasps and London Irish all
confirmed they are not among them.
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It leaves the way clear for West Ham,
who were granted the tenancy initially before it was abandoned amid
legal dispute, virtually to name their own terms.
It is understood the Olympic Park
Legacy Company had hoped to accommodate both football and rugby at the
stadium, only for West Ham to resist the idea.
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The American entertainment company Live Nation are thought likely to have entered a bid.
AEG, who run the O2 Arena, have not, though may be involved in operating the stadium once a bidder has been picked.
Saracens have chosen to redevelop
Barnet Copthall and play their big games at Wembley. A decision on the
stadium is promised before the Games start on July 27.