In December 2013 it was reported that Barry Hearn will seek an “urgent meeting” to discuss Leyton Orient sharing the Olympic Stadium with West Ham United after a parliamentary select committee decreed they should be allowed to do so.
A House of Lords report entitled Keeping the flame alive: the Olympic and Paralympic legacy on Monday recommended that the London Legacy Development Corporation to “think further” about how the two clubs might co-exist at the £400 million arena.
The LLDC manages the Olympic Stadium and decided not to allow Orient to “groundshare” with near neighbours West Ham, a verdict Hearn claims will “kill” his club.
Having been thwarted at every turn in his bid to force a judicial review into the LLDC’s decision, Hearn was understandably encouraged by the House of Lords recommendation.
The LLDC confirmed that once a stadium operator is appointed anyone, including Orient, can approach them and agree a separate deal – West Ham’s matches would have priority however. An LLDC spokesperson said: ‘We will be appointing an organisation next autumn to manage, maintain and operate the Stadium and programme activities and events.
‘Once they are appointed Leyton Orient are free, as are anyone, to approach the operator to discuss using the Stadium. ‘If long-term use is proposed this would be subject to a further competitive process.’