Olympics 2012: What Happened When The Games Ended

Nearly a week has passed now since the Olympics Closing ceremony - but what happens to the venues and stadiums built specifically for the games?

1. The Olympic Stadium

The 80,000 capacity stadium can seat more spectators than Old Trafford - the second largest stadium in England - and is dwarfed in size only by Wembley. During the Olympic Games, it was the site of track and field events, as well as playing host to the opening and closing ceremonies. The Stadium will continue to be used during the Paralympic Games up until the end of August. What Next? Premier League side West Ham United are one of five bidders opting to move into the stadium and make it their permanent place of residence. The Hammers, who for the past 108 years have been based at Upton Park (capacity of £35,000), would boast the fact that they have the single largest home ground of all the English teams, something which manager Sam Allardyce thinks could put them on the map alongside Premier League Giants Manchester United. Last October, West Ham found themselves involved in a legal dispute with fellow London side Tottenham Hotspur, who also had designs on the stadium, which resulted in the Hammer's losing their initial bid to relocate. And Allardyce warns that if his side are again denied in their bid, the Olympic Stadium could be left abandoned.

Joseph is an accredited football journalist and has interviewed nearly all of the current 20 Barclay's Premier League managers. He is also a correspondent for Bleacher Report and has written for Caught Offside and Give Me Football.