Proposals invited for post-2012 stadium use

Bids are being invited from organisations interested in running and staging events in the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, the body responsible for overseeing the legacy of the 2012 Games has announced.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company is seeking an anchor tenant for the stadium, which will remain in public ownership after the Games.

However, a spokeswoman for the OPLC said that it is open to receiving bids from consortia of different types of organisation that could deliver a mixture of commercial, sport and cultural uses.

She added that potential tenants could put in bids for leases of between five and 99 years.

According to the evaluation criteria laid down by the OPLC, all bidders must demonstrate how their proposed use of the stadium would deliver a "viable, multi-use stadium" that provides value for money.

They will have to commit to reopen the stadium from 2014 to coincide with the post-Games reopening of the Olympic Park, as well retain the athletics track so that it can be used for events from local meetings to the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

OPLC chief executive Andrew Altman said: "The Olympic Stadium will be a new national stadium for athletics and a multi-purpose venue that can host a full array of sporting, cultural and commercial events."

The OPLC had previously intended to sell-off the stadium after 2012, but in October the Government brought the process of selling the Olympic Stadium to West Ham United to an end in a move intended to "end the legal paralysis that has put the legacy at risk".

Both Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient football clubs had launched legal challenges against the OPLC’s decision to award West Ham the stadium. An anonymous complaint was also made to the European Commission that the plan amounted to "state aid".

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