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Essex Cricket Club Bids for Post-Game Use of London Olympic Site

Essex County Cricket Club submitted a bid with the University of East London to use the 2012 Olympic Stadium after the Games end later this year, the club said in a statement.

“We can confirm that the University of East London and Essex Country Cricket Club have put in a joint bid to the Olympic Park Legacy Company to utilize space in the Olympic stadium,” the university said today in an e-mailed statement.

London organizers in February 2011 recommended a bid from the east London-based soccer club West Ham and the borough of Newham over a joint attempt by Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur and AEG, a U.S.-based entertainment facility operator. In October, the agreement with West Ham collapsed after a series of legal challenges from Tottenham and east London soccer club Leyton Orient.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company, which is selling and leasing facilities built for the Games, received four bids for the 80,000 capacity Olympic Stadium last week. West Ham said on March 23 that it had submitted a renewed bid, which is supported by U.K. Athletics.

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