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Commonwealth Stadium needs upgrades to host the '15 FIFA Women's World Cup
In Edmonton, Angelique Rodrigues reports city officials are “considering giving Commonwealth Stadium a [C]$20-million facelift" in order for the city to host the '15 FIFA Women’s World Cup. But Mayor Stephen Mandel so far “doesn’t seem willing to open the city’s wallet.” Mandel said, “The price tag is just staggering.” He added, “The requirements that these organizations have are sometime onerous, because they don’t pay for it. They say ‘just pay for it,’ well, our taxpayers pay for it" (EDMONTON SUN, 10/10).

BOXING LOCKED IN: In Miami, Santos Perez reported promotional company Acquinity Sports “recently reached a deal” with BB&T Center officials to present a "combined nine-bout boxing card and 2 1/2-hour concert.” Acquinity Sports VP Henry Rivalta said, “With hockey in a lockout, it allowed us an opportunity to offer the event to the BB&T Center.” Rivalta said that the musical portion of the event "will feature hip-hop performer Flo Rida” (MIAMI HERALD, 10/9).

UNITED PLANS: DC Council member Jack Evans on Friday said that he “hopes to have the framework for a D.C. United soccer stadium at Buzzard Point in place by the end of the year.” A source said that the city has “assigned a project manager to the stadium plan and the sides are attempting to iron out land issues.” In DC, Steven Goff noted the stadium “would accommodate between 20,000 and 24,000 spectators” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 10/5).
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