UK Athletics Agrees To 50-Year Agreement To Use London's Olympic Stadium As Home Base
London's Olympic Stadium, set to be the new home of EPL side West Ham, will also "serve as a new national base for athletics," according to Keith Weir of REUTERS. Britain will hold London Diamond League meetings at the stadium during its summer, "while a new track will be built on the site to offer all-year-round facilities for local athletes and clubs." The stadium "will host the world athletics championships" in '17. UK Athletics CEO Niels de Vos said, "Today's agreement is a great result for athletics. We've seen how there is a huge public appetite for seeing athletics on the biggest stage." UK Athletics "has signed a 50-year agreement" to use the stadium in east London beginning in '16 when work to convert it for use for football "will be complete." It "applies in late June and July when there are no Premier League matches" (REUTERS, 7/23).