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Super Rugby side New South Wales "will have a chance to clinch the State of Origin trophy in front of a record home crowd at ANZ Stadium," according to Brad Walter of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. A "massive surge in ticket sales for the June 18 clash" resulted from the Blues' 12-8 win in Wednesday's series opener." Origin I set new records for TV ratings, as it was watched by 4.058 million viewers in Australia. It also set records for gate receipts, which were A$2.2M ($2M) more than the previous record at Suncorp Stadium." Demand for game two has prompted officials "to install extra seating that will boost capacity at ANZ Stadium to 84,000." The normal capacity at ANZ Stadium is 81,000. However, additional seating "can be installed in the lower bowl and above the four player tunnels." Corporate hospitality packages and the 17,000 allocated seats in the Blatchy's Blues NSW supporters bays "are virtually gone after a rush on tickets." More than 5,000 tickets "were sold in the two hours between full-time and midnight on Wednesday." It will also be the first Origin match to be played "in a fully connected stadium." Fans will be "able to use free Wi-Fi to post on social media or access statistics and replays" (SMH, 5/29).
Teeley Asset's reduction sale "hit the headlines thanks to a massive" A$23M ($21.3M) turnover during the Australian thoroughbred sales at the Gold Coast on Wednesday, according to John Holloway of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The Magic Millions group "entrusted to handle the Teeley Asset sale and the average for the 57 lots sold was a staggering" A$404,168. The invaders did not hold back and Americans, Irish, Dubai folk and New Zealanders "helped the locals rack up 10 seven-figure lots." The Newgate Stud Farm group bought no fewer than five lots for A$5.5M. Coolmore Stud signed for five lots for A$4.3M. James Harron bought four lots for A$3.5M (SMH, 5/29). In Abu Dhabi, Geoffrey Riddle wrote breeders from around the world "underlined the difficulties that the Purebred Arabian industry faces in trying to attract young people willing to take the large financial risk of producing horses of racing quality at the World Arabian Horse Racing Conference." Despite a huge investment in prize money and bedrock initiatives in the UAE and in other parts of the world, "the industry is finding it hard to recruit young people to what has always been a dicey, yet potentially lucrative, business" (THE NATIONAL, 5/28).
The NBA's Global Games 2015 will feature the N.Y. Knicks against the Milwaukee Bucks at London's O2 Arena on Jan. 15. The Houston Rockets will face the Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City as part of Global Games 2014. That game will be held Nov. 12 (NBA). ... Kunshan, China -- near Shanghai -- "has been tapped to host the 2016 Thomas and Uber Cups." Lima, Peru "has been chosen to host next year’s World Junior Championships." The Chinese city’s delegation said that the tournament "would be held in the Kunshan Sports Center, which can hold over 5,000 spectators" (JAKARTA GLOBE, 5/29).