SBD Global/January 31, 2013/Facilities

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  • Hamburg's Imtech-Arena Tests App That Allows Fans To Order Beverages From Their Seats

    The Imtech-Arena, home of Bundesliga club Hamburg SV, "will start testing a new smartphone app on Saturday with which fans can order beverages," according to the AUGSBURGER ALLGEMEINE. All fans who own an Android phone or iPhone can download the free app called "opentabs," check in at the arena and start ordering. On its website, opentabs explained that beverage delivery "will not take place during halftime as its staff is too busy serving orders at the stadium kiosks." However, the order "will be delivered immediately after the halftime." Official Imtech-Arena caterer ARAMARK "will try out the new service in two sections of the stadium, 18B and 18C, starting on Saturday until the end of March." Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) clubs Fraport Skyliners and Brose Baskets Bamberg have been using the app since last season (AUGSBURGER ALLGEMEINE, 1/27).

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  • South Korean Baseball Club Unhappy With City's Stadium Choice As It Moves To Top Tier

    A South Korean expansion baseball team "expressed its displeasure with the site its home city has selected for its new stadium," according to YONHAP. Korea Baseball Organization club NC Dinos said the decision was "political" and did not take into account public opinion. Changwon had announced that it "will build a new ballpark on the land formerly occupied by the Army College in nearby Jinhae district." Changwon had three candidate sites for the new ballpark, and critics argue that the city "chose the location that is the least accessible to the public." The Dinos, which will join the top league as the ninth team this season, said in a statement that the city's decision "was difficult to accept." However, they have not revealed "which particular location they prefer." The team only expressed its disappointment with Changwon and said the city reneged on its promise "build a ballpark on the best possible location" (YONHAP, 1/30).

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