Rugby World Cup
Olympic Stadium could be World Cup venue
July 4, 2012
London's Olympic Stadium has been put forward as a potential venue for matches at the 2015 World Cup © Getty Images
London' Olympic Stadium may be used in the 2015 World Cup after the company managing the venue submitted an application for it to host matches during the tournament.
The Olympic Stadium is set to be reconfigured from an 80,000 capacity athletics venue to a 60,000 multi-use arena post-Games. The Olympic Park Legacy Company is currently deciding who will be awarded anchor-tenant status, with a decision due to be announced after the Olympic Games.
England Rugby 2015, the World Cup organising committee, currently has three London stadiums on their short-list of 12 for the tournament in the shape of Twickenham, Wembley and Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. If the Olympic Stadium's bid is accepted it is expected that the Emirates will be removed from the short-list.
"It would be great to have a world-class event in a world class venue," Paul Vaughan chief executive of ER 2015 told The Daily Telegraph. "It will help the Olympic legacy as well, so we are very keen to work on them with that, particularly because rugby is going into the Olympics in 2016 in Brazil."
ER 2015 will name the stadia it intends to use during the World Cup early next year. Manchester United's Old Trafford, Liverpool's Anfield and Cardiff's Millennium Stadium are also on the short-list.
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