Could it be a diamond re-opening for the Olympic Stadium?
Next year’s London Diamond League could be held at the Olympic Stadium despite news that work on the venue will not start until next autumn.
Britain’s premier event is scheduled to be held at Crystal Palace as usual and UKA has already begun selling tickets.
However, last week the London Legacy Development Corporation, which takes over the running of the Olympic Park today, said it was exploring the possibility of holding sporting events and concerts next summer.
Since then UKA has held brief discussions over the idea of staging the capital’s Diamond League meeting there on July 26-27. But a spokeswoman said: “UKA has not committed to anything as we are waiting for LLDC to confirm details and the possibilities that may be open to us.”
Day two of the Diamond League marks the first anniversary of the London Olympics opening ceremony. West Ham were last week installed as the top-ranked bidder to take over the stadium lease by the LLDC, but the two parties are yet to agree terms, including financial considerations.
Two of the four bids for the stadium have been rejected – one from Leyton Orient FC and another from Intelligent Transport Solutions, which wanted to organise a F1 Grand Prix around the Olympic Park. If full agreement is reached with West Ham, the LLDC will then explore the possibility of accommodating the other bid, University College of Football and Business, in the stadium.
If a deal is met, retractable seating over the athletics track will be installed for football use. The stadium will be used for the 2017 IAAF World Championships and is favourite to hold the IPC World Championships prior to that.
However, the staging of events such as the UK School Games, Diamond League and UK Trials could be delayed until 2016 – two years later than planned – because of delays in starting the work to adapt the stadium.