Plans have been unveiled for the future of the Olympic Stadium as the owners agree that the newly dubbed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will become a vast public area.
An 18 month regeneration set to begin in October 2012 will see, among similar developments, the 95,000 sq ft Broadcast Centre and the 317,000 sq ft Press Centre become office space.
Elsewhere a public village will be established with shops, bars and restaurants as well as a world-leading research centre that is hoped to create thousands of new jobs in the area.
Potential uses for the stadium itself include a Formula 1 track, the new West Ham football ground or the site of the 2016 Rugby World Cup.
“We have engaged with the Olympic Park legacy and are talking about the venue for the tournament but there is still some doubt about who will be the full-time landlords of the stadium,” says Ross Young, COO of the 2015 tournament.
“Our ticketing strategy — we want to sell nearly 3m tickets — means we will need to use football grounds with capacities of 60-70,000 and after having initial expressions of interest in holding matches we are now going back to those people for further discussions.”