Essex Cricket to Play Twenty20 Matches at Olympic Stadium in 2016 says CEO Bowden

By Community | May 22, 2014

Essex cricket have revealed today they have an agreement “in principle” to play Twenty20 cricket at the London Olympic Stadium from 2016.
Chief executive Derek Bowden said the county side have been looking into the possibility for a number of years and Bowden says progress has been made on that front, with Kent and Middlesex also interested parties.
Bowden told BBC Essex: “In principle there is an agreement that a two-week festival of T20-type cricket could be played at the Olympic Park from 2016.

“Ourselves, Kent and Middlesex have all expressed interest in playing there.”

The Olympic Stadium will be a football venue for much of the time from 2016 when Barclays Premier League side West Ham start using it as their home ground.

Essex’s Chelmsford ground, which isundergoing an £80m redevelopment, is just 30 miles from Stratford, the east London home of the 2012 Olympics.

The London Legacy Development Corporation is responsible for future uses of the stadium, and Bowden added: “London Legacy and the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) are very supportive of the notion of a two-week festival of cricket in the summer.”
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