VINCI Stadium, an operator of a network of venues including the Stade de France in Paris, has been appointed to manage the former Olympic Stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. The 25-year deal includes responsibility for bringing in new events.
The Stadium is currently being transformed for multi-use. It will host five matches of Rugby World Cup 2015 before fully re-opening in 2016 when it will become the home of West Ham United FC and the national competition venue for UK Athletics.
As part of the contract, VINCI Stadium, a subsidiary of VINCI Concessions, will be responsible for all aspects of running and managing the Stadium on day-to-day basis as well as bringing in new events and activity.
The company will also manage events on the south park lawn, below the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
“This is more good news in our goal to deliver a long-lasting legacy from London’s Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Mayor of London Boris Johnson. “VINCI is a world-class operator and set to be a key partner in the creation of a spectacular stadium offering a dynamic range of sport and attractions for Londoners to enjoy.”
Pierre Coppey, chief operating officer of VINCI added: “The E20 Stadium LLP awarded the contract to run the former Olympic Stadium to VINCI Stadium in recognition of VINCI’s expertise and the business model it has developed for the operation of multi-purpose arenas, including the Stade de France. In addition to broadening the range of events offered at this venue, VINCI Stadium will work with the E20 Stadium Partnership to develop and revitalise East London for the benefit of citizens.”
The Stadium is owned by the E20 Stadium LLP, which was set up between the London Legacy Development Corporation and Newham Council.
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