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Search begins in earnest for London 2012 stadium tenant

More than 100 organisations took part in an initial expression of interest earlier this year. However a number were put off by the fact that the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) wants interested parties to retain an athletics track around the pitch.

The new owners of Premier League soccer club West Ham are among those still interested – as is US sports and leisure giant AEG. However OPLC says that bidding is not exclusive to those who took part in the initial interest process.

Commenting on the process, OPLC chairman Margaret Ford said: “The stadium is at the heart of the Olympic Park and securing the most appropriate solution is crucial to our aspirations for the area. I am delighted that organisations with a serious interest all want a mixed usage. This is in-line with our vision for the stadium to be a focal point for sport and community use.”

The OPLC aims to have a lease agreement signed by April 2011.