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Four British practices "have been shortlisted in the competition to design the centrepiece stadium" for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, according to Richard Waite of ARCHITECTS JOURNAL. Foster + Partners, David Chipperfield Architects, Mossessian & Partners and Mangera Yvars Architects "are all vying for the job to mastermind the 80,000-seat capacity stadium in Lusail." Foster + Partners "has already worked on a scheme for the so-called Lusail Iconic Stadium, having drawn up a concept for the arena as part of Qatar’s successful World Cup bid in late 2010." Mossessian & Partners "has also been active in the region, playing a major part in the Heart of Doha (now Mushereib) mixed-use scheme." Doha "had initially planned" to spend $4B on building nine new stadiums, as well as "overhauling the existing Al-Rayyan, Al-Gharafa and Khalifa arenas" (ARCHITECTS JOURNAL, 5/29).
Queanbeyan City Council endorsed on Wednesday a proposal from the National Rugby League side Canberra Raiders "to host the Knights at Seiffert Oval in a trial game" on Feb. 28, according to Lee Gaskin of the CANBERRA TIMES. The match coincides with more than A$1M ($900,000) in upgrades to the venue for the '14-15 financial year, including a A$500,000 grant from the federal government and a A$500,000 loan from the New South Wales government. Raiders captain Terry Campese said that the success of suburban grounds in the NRL, such as Campbelltown and Leichhardt Oval, "had shown Seiffert Oval could be turned into a boutique venue for one or two games each season." The Raiders-Knights trial match will cost the council up to A$45,000, but it "expects to recoup that money through gate revenue and sponsorships" (CANBERRA TIMES, 5/29).