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ANZ Stadium officials are understood to have "installed extra seating that will push the capacity for Saturday's series deciding match between Australia and the British and Irish Lions to 84,000," according to Ray Gatt of THE AUSTRALIAN. And, at this stage, they are quietly confident the previous (reconfigured) stadium record of 83,418 for the 2004 Bledisloe Cup game between the Wallabies and All Blacks "will be broken." There "has been unprecedented demand for tickets as the stadium gears up for a massive July in which it will also host the State of Origin series decider" between New South Wales and Queensland and the All Stars vs. ManU game. By the time the referee blows full-time in the ManU match, stadium officials said that almost 337,000 "will have attended the three blockbusters" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 7/1).
Andy Murray "may have benefited from the roof" over Wimbledon's Centre Court Friday, which allowed his third-round match to take place, but the No. 2 seed "is not a fan," according to Patrick Kidd of the LONDON TIMES. Murray wrote on Twitter that he "missed it being open to the elements." Murray tweeted, "It looks and sounds weird watching grass-court tennis indoors." There were plenty around Wimbledon Friday, however, who wondered why the concertina roof, installed in '09 at a reported cost of £80M, "was not pulled over the court for the whole day, given forecasts of intermittent showers" (LONDON TIMES, 6/29).