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National Rugby League fans are being asked to "bail out Eden Park, which is cash-strapped and weighed down by debt in the wake of the Rugby World Cup's euphoria," according to Bernard Orsman of the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. The cup's legacy is a 50,000-seat stadium NZ$55M ($45.8M) "in debt and struggling to break even, and the plan is to move the New Zealand Warriors from Mt. Smart Stadium to Eden Park." The proposed move is part of a review of Auckland stadiums that focuses strongly on "saving money and pays little attention to the effect on the sporting codes and their fans." A "strategic direction" for the city's big stadiums proposes that Eden Park becomes the primary venue for rugby, league, one-day and Twenty20 cricket matches. Warriors patriarch Peter Leitch said that the fans "were happy with Mt. Smart Stadium and a move to Eden Park with the 50,000-seat capacity ground three-quarters or half empty would create a horrible atmosphere." Peter said, "When you think of Eden Park, you think rugby union. Think Mt. Smart Stadium, and you think rugby league. That's the reality" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 9/27).
Smoking could soon be banned in sports stadiums in Italy if "the interior ministry has its way." Plans are in the works to "introduce a smoking ban for the '13-14 season at facilities where professional leagues play" (ANSA.it, 9/27). ... Excavator manufacturer JCB opened a £60M ($97.3M) factory in Brazil to build on strong Olympic demand. JCB "is aiming to capitalize on the strong construction sector in the country" ahead of the 2014 Wold Cup and the '16 Olympics (THEBUSINESSDESK.com, 9/27). ... Deutsche Bahn’s int'l consultancy arm "is setting up a new national company in South America to take advantage of Brazil’s boom in infrastructure projects." DB International Brasil, which will be based out of Rio De Janeiro, "will handle contracts won by DB as part of preparations for the 2014 World Cup and '16 Olympic and Paralympic Games" (RAILWAYPEOPLE.com, 9/26). ... Indore Development Authority CEO Deepak Singh said that the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association has "asked for 35 acres of land on super corridor for developing state-of-the-art int'l stadium." He added that the authority "is willing to give land for the proposed sport complex" (TNN, 9/27).