Eagles target Olympic Stadium as venue

Aaron Moores | cricket20

The Essex Eagles are looking into the possibility of playing Twenty20 cricket matches at the Olympic Stadium in London once the 2012 Games have taken place.

The county is interested in using the Stadium as one of their 'festival grounds'.

Essex chief executive David East held talks with Newham Council and representatives of West Ham United Football Club.

The Hammers have already shown interested in using the 80,000 seater stadium in Stratford as a future home venue instead of redeveloping Upton Park.

"We are very much looking forward to exploring this with Newham and West Ham. Our home ground will remain at the Ford County Ground in Chelmsford, but it would be fantastic to be able to play some of our expanded Twenty20 cricket tournament at the Olympic Stadium," said East.

"We have a very active development programme in the east end of London, and this would give us an ideal opportunity to extend our community work even further with a centre of excellence in the borough," he added.

Last year the London Development Agency (LDA) contacted the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) along with two unknown Counties to consider using the venue for Twenty20 matches.

In a statement, the LDA said it had "engaged with two professional cricket clubs and the national governing body of the sport to explore opportunities for professional cricket to be played in the legacy stadium post-2012."
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