LOFT say no to OS

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 23rd December 2013

Supporters of Leyton Orient have once again reiterated their stance not to support a potential move to the Olympic Stadium.

Earlier this week Orient owner Barry Hearn was told by the London Legacy Development Corporation that he may yet be able to share the Olympic Stadium with West Ham United if agreement could be reached with the as-yet-unknown company who will be operating the stadium.

However the Leyton Orient Fans' Trust revealed today that they would not support any move from Brisbane Road until such time as supporters had been given full consultation over the proposed switch.

"Regardless of who O's chairman Barry Hearn is potentially able to strike a deal with to rent the Olympic Stadium for some or all of Orient's home matches, our stance remains it has been all along and as reiterated several months ago," read a statement posted on the Trust's website.

"Simply put, we cannot support any move to the Olympic Stadium for Leyton Orient until supporters have been properly consulted and the implications (both financial and match day experience) have been made clear.

"There is much to celebrate and build on of our uniqueness as football club, and to differentiate us from our probable even-nearer neighbour. Any move away from Brisbane Road has to be proven to be better for the club than staying put and fighting our corner of east London."

Hearn's prospects of winning his battle to shoehorn Orient into the Olympic Stadium improved dramatically last Wednesday following a meeting between himself and the LLDC.

Whilst he was told that West Ham's tenancy was not at stake, Hearn was informed that he would be free to negotiate a deal with the stadium's future operators. That contradicts Karren Brady's previous assertion that West Ham would have sole use of the stadium during the football season.

"West Ham won't want to hear this but the news that came down is they [the LLDC] have no problem with me renting the Olympic Stadium and playing my fixtures there," he told the Telegraph. "It's only a question of what rental I agree with the new operators. That's a major breakthrough for me.

"They [the operators] will realise that there is nothing else to go in there during the football season. If they ask me for ?1 million per game I'm not going to move in but, when push comes to shove, to recoup fixed costs - even partial fixed costs - it is better than having an empty stadium as far as the taxpayer is concerned.

"If they quote me something ridiculous, I will hang them out to dry, in terms of, 'This is a community club and you're trying to take liberties."

Both LiveNation and AEG are understood to be preparing bids to win the right to manage the Stratford-based stadium when not in use by West Ham United FC.

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