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SBD Global/March 22, 2013/Facilities

Leyton Orient May Move To Essex If Bid To Share London's Olympic Stadium Fails

League One Leyton Orient Owner Barry Hearn has said that "he will look to move the club into Essex if he fails in his legal bid" to force EPL West Ham to share the Olympic Stadium, for fear that the club would be "crushed" by its new neighbors, according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. In the latest twist to the tortuous process of finalizing the future of the Olympic Stadium, Hearn said that "he was confident of winning a judicial review of the decision to make West Ham the main tenant but admitted his legal fight was likely to be ultimately futile." Hearn admitted that the likelihood was the London Legacy Development Corp. "would find a way to finalise a deal with West Ham." He said  he suspected that West Ham "had made sole tenancy a condition" of its bid, despite the original conditions saying that "all parties must consider the possibility of 'teaming,'" because it wanted to make the stadium its own and attract foreign investment. Hearn said, "Eventually I will get beaten. They may go through the motions. I think I will win the judicial review but then, when we sit down, all they do is change the goalposts to get round it on a technicality." He said that there "was no point staying at Brisbane Road if West Ham were allowed to move into the 60,000-capacity stadium" in '16-17. If West Ham moves into the Olympic Stadium he said that "he would sell Brisbane Road and consider new sites for the club." Hearn: "I don't know where. Harlow has been mooted, Romford has been mooted, off the A13 down by the docks, Barking way" (GUARDIAN, 3/21).
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