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Croatian football club HNK Rijeka has unveiled the design of its new stadium, with "works on the 14,000-seat facility" expected to begin by the end of '14, with completion of the new Kantrida stadium in '16, according to Jaroslaw Adamowski of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. HNK Rijeka CEO Damir Miskovic said, "The Kantrida is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Everything must come to its end, and a new stadium is inevitable." The cost of the "planned investment in the new stadium" was not disclosed. The contract for the stadium design was "awarded to Italian architect Gino Zavanella whose portfolio includes the stadiums of Italy's Palermo, Juventus Turin, as well as Bayern Munich." The new Kantrida will "comply with UEFA Category 4 standards" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 7/23).
South Africa's Kyalami racetrack, where F1 drivers such as Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna competed in Grand Prix races, "may fetch more than" $18.8M in a July 24 auction, according to Rene Vollgraaff of BLOOMBERG. Johannesburg-based The High Street Auction Co. co-Managing Dir Lance Chalwin-Milton said that's the "reserve price set by a Johannesburg court for the property, which is being sold because the owner, Farm Bothasfontein (Pty) Ltd., is in liquidation." Chalwin-Milton said, "There is a possibility that a developer will buy it." While Kyalami last hosted a Grand Prix in '93, the local motorsport body "wants the circuit to remain intact instead of becoming a real estate development." Motorsport South Africa spokesperson Jaco Deysel said, "Kyalami remains an iconic name around the world. Motorsport South Africa, therefore, hopes that the circuit finds the right buyer, with an agenda of restoring it to its former glory" (BLOOMBERG, 7/22). The AFP reported Chalwin-Milton said, "If a developer buys it, obviously it will change the nature of Kyalami quite considerably, because there will probably no longer be a track." He added that some "prospective buyers were however looking at the possibility of keeping the track while developing around it." The circuit hosted its last int'l competition in May '10 with the "sixth race of the World Superbike Championship" (AFP, 7/23).