Essex have joined forces with West Ham Football Club and Newham Council to support a potential bid to ensure the 2012 Olympic Stadium in London leaves a legacy.
The three organisations are to explore the possibility of turning the stadium into a 'vibrant centre of sport, culture and education that could feature football, cricket and athletics as well as community uses', according to a joint press release.
Essex CCC chief executive David East has met with representatives of West Ham and Newham Council and discussed how a joint bid might work and if agreement is reached, a bid will be submitted to the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OLPC) who are inviting proposals for the stadium's use after hosting the Games.
“We are very much looking forward to exploring this with Newham and West Ham," East said. "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.
"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."
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