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London Olympic Stadium to host athletics in football’s close season

The Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will annually host a wide spectrum of key athletics events, from regional and national age group championships through to elite international events, including Diamond League.

Under an agreement between the E20 Stadium LLP (the Partnership set up between London Legacy Development Corporation and the London Borough of Newham to manage the Stadium) and UK Athletics, the Stadium will become the new national centre for athletics. UK Athletics will have use of the Stadium from the last Friday in June to the end of July each year under a 50 year agreement, starting from 2016 when the stadium will be fully operational following its legacy transformation.

The agreement will also provide year-round training facilities for local athletes and clubs at an adjacent permanent community track delivering a lasting athletics legacy in east London.

In 2017 the stadium will host the IAAF World Athletics Championships and IPC Athletics World Championships – the first time these prestigious global events have been staged in the same venue in the same year.

As part of its multi-use legacy the Stadium will also host five matches during the 2015 Rugby World Cup and will be the home of West Ham United Football Club from 2016; the club will take residency as the Stadium’s long term anchor tenant with UK Athletics. The Stadium will also be used for other sporting, cultural (including concerts) and community events. The agreement may restrict the chances of cricket club using the stadium for Twenty20 games, which usually take place at the beginning of July.

London Legacy Development Corporation Chief Executive Dennis Hone said:

Tens of thousands will enjoy watching top class athletics each year here in east London. But crucially the deal means that the stars of tomorrow can train and compete in this iconic Stadium and help inspire the youngsters of the East End of London to reach their full potential.