Date: 23rd February 2011 at 10:07pm
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Bubbling beneath the surface of the Olympic Stadium argument was the possibility of Leyton Orient moving into the Olympic hockey stadium after the games.

ESPNsoccernet reported yesterday that the O’s had applied to move into the new stadium, Barry Hearn quoted as telling ESPNsoccernet:

‘There is a temporary Olympic hockey stadium half a mile away, which can be converted into a football stadium and we have applied to take that over after the Olympics. It has suitable car parking and transport links, and quite recently we applied to the Olympic Legacy Committee.

‘To me it is a simple solution: give us the hockey stadium, then everybody will be happy.’

But the Guardian Series Sport then reported that whilst the club have not made a formal application, they had ‘ registered an interest in the facility and is awaiting a response from Olympics chiefs.’

Whatever stage the process is at, I am unsure of how I feel about the the O’s showing an interest in the new venue. Whilst the move to an updated ground and what I would assume would be improved facilities could boost the club’s success on and off the pitch, it would mean leaving Brisbane Road.

Like many other clubs up and down the country, our ground is steeped in history and atmosphere. There is something special about a roaring crowd in the stands of Brisbane Road (evident on Sunday).

Whether the O’s moving into the hockey stadium is plan A, plan B or no plan at all, it adds another possible twist in an already messy tale.

What do you think about Orient’s reported interest in moving to the Olympic hockey stadium? Leave your comments below…

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