Leyton Orient close to deal for Olympic stadium move
Leyton Orient owner Barry Hearn has revealed the Os are close to clinching a deal which sees them become residents at the 2012 Olympic stadium.
The Games organisers have been seeking a sports team to move into the £500million stadium in Stratford, east London, which will be downsized to a 25,000 arena after the event.
It appears that Orient, the leaders of English football's third tier, will be the ones to provide the 'legacy' which is a key part of the 2012 agenda.
"I think it is a certainty," Hearns said of the deal to move his club to the stadium. "I take it over for nothing and I give them a legacy is how it works.
"We are never going to be a big commercial venture, just part of the fabric of a community.
"I can't think of any organisation that better fits the promise of a legacy that (Games chief) Seb Coe made to the Olympic people.
"The design's an issue but it's surely not beyond the brains of all those involved in planning the Olympics to come up with something. If all parties want it to happen it's got to be something we can get around."
Hearn is confident that the move away from Brisbane Road will help to build a bright future for the traditional minnows.
"I see this taking us to the next level, definitely Championship, possibly nicking it into the Premier League," Hearn told the Daily Mail.
"For the East End the Olympics is the dawn of a new era and for Orient this deal offers the first crack of a new dawn.
"We've all got egos. What club wouldn't like to give their address as The Olympic Stadium. I could puff out my chest an extra inch or two."