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Olympic Stadium has potential for T20

Source - cricket20.com

London's Olympic Stadium is being considered to stage T20 matches
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London's 80,000 seater Olympic Stadium which is being built as the centerpiece of the 2012 Summer Olympics is being considered as a venue to stage Twenty20 matches.

The London Development Agency (LDA) are looking at ways of providing a "legacy" for the stadium after the 2012 Olympics and have contacted the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) along with two unknown Counties to consider using the venue for Twenty20 matches.

Since London was awarded the Olympics the LDA has approached a number of football clubs about using the stadium. After reaching a dead end in talks the LDA's attention as now turned to Twenty20 cricket.

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 (particularly Twenty20 cricket) to be played in the legacy stadium post-2012 and proposes to identify areas within the legacy park where cricket nets and recreational cricket can be played."

With Twenty20 cricket being played in front of full houses attendances are still small compared to the rest of the world. Lords is currently the largest cricket ground in England with a capacity of only 29,000. This is less then a third of the total capacity of the MCG in Melbourne (100,000) or Eden Gardens in Calcutta (90,000).

Tickets for this summers Twenty20 World Cup final at Lords were in high demand, a final played at the Olympic Stadium would have been a sell out, which would have generated extra revenue.

It is understood Surrey have already turned down the chance to play at the Olympic Stadium preferring to host T20 matches at the Brit Oval but Middlesex and Essex are both keen on exploring the possibilities available.

Vinny Codrington, Middlesex's chief executive, told Cricinfo "I think it's a fantastic notion, an absolutely brilliant idea. We understand that two counties have been approached, but we are not one of those. However, now that it has been mooted, we might well go back to them and propose it ourselves. We can't play all our matches at Lord's for a variety of reasons, and a stadium of that size would be a real asset to cricket."

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