Orient Olympic stadium bid suffers court reverse
Leyton Orient's hopes of ground-sharing at London's Olympic Stadium with fellow capital football club West Ham suffered a setback Thursday when a judge blocked the third-tier club's legal action.
Orient, the nearest professional club to the stadium in east London, where Premier League West Ham play at Upton Park, claimed the London Legacy Development Corporation had erred in awarding sole tenancy to the Hammers.
They wanted to seek a judicial review of that decision but a judge in London's High Court refused Thursday to allow their claim to proceed.
Judge Clive Lewis said the LLDC had not made an irrational decision and ruled that a judicial review was unjustified because Leyton Orient did not have an arguable case.
Leyton Orient's lawyers indicated they were considering an attempt to appeal.
They argued the decision not to allow the club to share with West Ham was flawed and said the LLDC had wrongly had "regard to perceived lack of financial viability" as a reason not to "team" the club with West Ham.
A spokesman for League One leaders Orient said later Thursday the club felt a "a real sense of injustice".
"It is deeply disappointing that both the court and the LLDC have made decisions based only on financial considerations, when the purpose of the stadium's legacy was regeneration of the area with a community focus," he said.
"As the judge noted, Leyton Orient are flying high in League One. We will enjoy our current on-pitch success whilst we contemplate how to proceed in the best interests of the club."