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SBD/Issue 48/Facilities & Venues
Published November 18, 2009
|Financial Pressure On Wembley Could Increase
If Olympic Stadium Is Retained Following Games
TEMPORARY HOME: In Vancouver, Bruce Constantineau notes an RFP issued by PavCo indicated that a 30,000-32,000-seat temporary stadium used to house the CFL B.C. Lions and USL Vancouver Whitecaps "will be completed somewhere in Metro Vancouver by June 15, 2010." The RFP said that PavCo "plans to announce the winning bidder on the project by Dec. 5." No price estimate is given, but it has been "speculated the temporary football/soccer stadium could cost more than" C$20M. The "facility is needed" while BC Place receives a C$458M renovation (VANCOUVER SUN, 11/18).
THE UGLY TRUTH: YAHOO SPORTS' Chris Chase wrote the Basketball HOF Showcase at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis may be the "ugliest court design of the year." The worse part could be the "monstrous mid-court basketball with markings that makes it vaguely resemble an omega sign," or the "gigantic, slanted font that looks straight out of WordArt in Windows 95." Chase: "For me, it's the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup logo in front of the free throw line" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/17).