SBD/Issue 48/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

Financial Pressure On Wembley Could Increase
If Olympic Stadium Is Retained Following Games
Wembley Stadium Chair David Bernstein said that the "financial pressures on Wembley could increase if the Olympic Stadium in Stratford is retained as an 80,000-capacity stadium following" the '12 London Games. In Manchester, Owen Gibson writes if the Olympic Stadium were to be retained, an idea that is "gaining ground, it could harm the future viability of both." Bernstein said '08 was a "very good year" in terms of attracting major events, as Wembley hosted 35 sports events and concerts. Bernstein said that it "would be difficult to get many more than that and conceded that the Olympic Stadium would be a competitor" for those events (Manchester GUARDIAN, 11/18).

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" (, 11/17).

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