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Burnley's University College of Football Business in bid for Olympic stadium

Wed 18th Jul 2012 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Burnleys's football university has launched an audacious bid to take over London’s Olympic Stadium after the Games.

College bosses say they want to use it as a new campus but declined to go into detail.

The University College of Football Business (UCFB), based at Turf Moor, was unveiled as the surprise contender for occupying the East London venue, once the 2012 games is over by mid-August yesterday.

And while the college will continue to retain its Burnley base, UCFB bosses have confirmed they are in discussions over the stadium and international expansion opportunities.

Much-publicised bids have already been received from West Ham United and Leyton Orient football clubs for the £486million stadium.

And the fourth rival is Intelligent Transport Services, working with Formula 1, to use the location as an international motor racing track.

Talks are currently taking place between the London Legacy Development Corporation and supporters of all four bids.

Former Burnley chief executive Paul Fletcher, who sits on the UCFB advisory board, said: “We can confirm we have been involved in a number of expansion opportunities in London and overseas.

“The Olympic Stadium would represent a fantastic opportunity for both UK and foreign students and we look forward to further negotiations in due courses.”

Currently UCFB operates from a suite of rooms in the Jimmy McIlroy stand at Turf Moor and has halls of residence at the former Sparrowhawk Hotel.

Speaking about the stadium bids, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “London couldn’t be in a better position to stage the best games ever with everything ready to go and our legacy plans in great shape.

“No other host city has been this far advanced with its legacy planning before even the first starting gun has been fired.”

Posted by: Kev Howland (@FCKev)

 

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