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O's eye Olympic Stadium
26 Nov 2007 - 13:00:43
Chairman Barry Hearn is confident Leyton Orient will be playing in the Olympic Stadium after the London games in 2012.
The O's have long been considered favourites to occupy the £500million arena, which will be converted into a 25,000-seat stadium after the Olympics in eight years' time.
And Hearn believes the stadium could well boost the fortunes of the club and see them vault up the divisions from their current League One perch.
"I think it is a certainty. I take it over for nothing and I give them a legacy is how it works," he told the Daily Mail.
"We are never going to be a big commercial venture, just part of the fabric of a community.
"I can't think of any organisation that better fits the promise of a legacy that Seb Coe made to the Olympic people.
"For the East End, the Olympics is the dawn of a new era and for Orient this deal offers the first crack of a new dawn.
"I see this taking us to the next level, definitely Championship, possibly nicking it into the Premier League."