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  • Major $45M Redevelopment Of Headingley Stadium To Begin Within Weeks

    A £35M ($44.9M) redevelopment of Headingley Stadium "could start within weeks," after Leeds City Council’s cabinet on Wednesday approved an "emergency deal to safeguard the long-term future" of int'l cricket in the city, according to Aisha Iqbal of the YORKSHIRE EVENING POST. Planning permission for the development of the rugby and cricket sides of the stadium "was granted two months ago, but work was delayed due to a lack of funding." Earlier this month, Leeds City Council revealed that it "brokered an agreement with a private financial services firm which will provide the bulk of the funding for the project." At Wednesday's exec board meeting at Leeds Civic Hall, councilors across the parties "voted to rush through approval of the new deal so that final agreements can be signed between the four key parties, and work can start by the end of June" (YORKSHIRE EVENING POST, 4/19). SKY SPORTS reported Super League rugby club Leeds Rhinos also plays home matches at the rugby ground on the same complex, and as part of the deal it has pledged around £5M ($6.4M) toward the total cost of the redevelopment. Headingley is set to host four matches during the 2019 Cricket World Cup, "with the improvement work set to start this summer eventually seeing the North-South stand upgraded." The associated economic benefits are estimated to be worth some £20.5M ($26.3M) to the region (SKY SPORTS, 4/19). BDAILY's Nick Hill reported Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos will individually, or through a new joint company owned by both clubs, "take sub-leases from the council to cover the cost of the development in full." Once the project is complete, it is estimated that the new stands "are forecast to generate additional expenditure" of £107.3M ($137.5M) from '17-23 (BDAILY, 4/20).

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  • Scottish Horse Racing Could Lose One Of Its Five Courses

    Scottish racing "could lose one of its five racecourses," according to Cornelius Lysaght of the BBC. The track at Musselburgh is "only operating" on a temporary license from the British Horseracing Authority, which has "expressed dissatisfaction" with the course's "governance." The sport's regulator "will not give exact details of its concerns," however sources have said that it is "awaiting required business and budget plans." Although there is "no suggestion forced closure is imminent, it is unclear how long the regulator is prepared to wait." It is "also unclear what will happen if the matter is not resolved" when the temporary three-month license -- the second to be issued -- expires on June 30. Managers, who run the course with members of East Lothian Council as the Musselburgh Joint Racing Committee, said that there has been a "breakdown in relations with the councillors who hold a majority on the committee" (BBC, 4/20).

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  • Facility Notes: Montreal Formula 1 Circuit Undergoing Upgrades For Canadian GP

    The Gilles Villeneuve Formula 1 circuit is "undergoing upgrades in preparation for this year's Canadian Grand Prix." While the layout of the Montreal circuit will not be altered, the "safety features of the track will be revised." Most of the guardrails and some 5,000 tires "will be removed and replaced by TecPro barriers" (MOTORSPORT, 4/20).

    League One side Bury held "positive" meetings with Bury Council on Tuesday "as the move to a new stadium took another step forward." Chair Stewart Day is hoping the club will "have a new home" in time for the '18-19 season. Day said that the club's plan to seek permission to build apartments and retail outlets on the perimeter of the current stadium on Gigg Lane, where the club shop currently stands, "hit a snag recently" but is "back on track" (BURY TIMES, 4/19).

    League One side Swindon Town "hopes to develop new training facilities with the help of money from a trust set up by a former supporter." The club wants to develop the former Twelve Oaks Golf Club in Highworth into a training ground and offices. Club Chair Lee Power said, "Nigel Eady left a significant sum of money in his will to be invested for the benefit of STFC and the community." Eady was a lifelong supporter of Swindon Town and "bequeathed the undisclosed sum from his will" (BBC, 4/19). 

    The new Perth Stadium's preparations for hosting Test cricket have "hit a significant milestone, with five drop-in wickets successfully transferred from Gloucester Park to the state-of-the-art venue at Burswood." The lifting and transfer process took approximately 20 hours in total, including setup and preparation time, with three wickets moved on Wednesday and the final two wickets transferred on Thursday (CRICKET, 4/20).

    The "ball is now in council's court" after plans for a NZ$2M ($1.4M) Carterton, New Zealand, sports hub "bounced back to its original preferred location." Carterton Sports and Recreation Trust, which is "hoping to get council approval for the facility," decided Howard Booth Park is the "best site for the development." Spokesperson Mike Osborne said that the trust "previously favoured Carrington Park for its central location and existing infrastructure" (STUFF, 4/20).

    During Wednesday's Mexican Baseball League game between Bravos de León and Diablos Rojos, a structure in the outfield fell on several members of the bullpen at the Estadio Domingo Santana in León. Several players "suffered minor injuries." Security personnel "immediately addressed the situation to secure the area, which is being renovated" (LA AFICIÓN, 4/19).

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