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Football legacy for Olympic Stadium?

As with any Olympic games, legacy is a buzzword at London 2012. The opening ceremony showcased all that is great about Britain.

But when the gold medals have been won and the dust has settled, what next? 

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn thinks a great legacy for the Olympic Stadium will be a groundsharing scheme between the Os and fellow East London side West Ham.

In June, the Hammers said they were opposed to sharing the Olympic Stadium (pictured), but Hearn is unruffled by this stance.

“I don’t see anything wrong with West Ham and Orient sharing fixtures there," he said. “On the one hand, a Premier League giant with all their money and on the other a community club with dreams. I think the more the merrier.”

The 80,000 capacity venue is massive compared to the 9,271 that can pack in to Orient’s current home at Brisbane Road, but a groundshare with a much larger club such as West Ham would solve the problem of filling the stadium more readily.

All bids have to be considered and Hearn’s proposal is being rivalled by West Ham separately, as well as UCFB College of Football Business and Intelligent Transport Services, who have even proposed turning the site into a new Formula One track.

Talking about his own vision for a groundshare with West Ham, Hearn added: “I had a Martin Luther King moment – I had a dream. I looked at the Olympic Stadium and said why not?”

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