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French Open Begins To Expand Facilities, Add Roof Over Centre Court

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 05 / 26 / 17

After "years of legal battles," the French Open has "begun to expand its facilities, hoping to match other grand slam events -- including having a roof over Centre Court to banish weather delays -- while preserving its Parisian pizzazz," according to Julien Pretot of REUTERS. Roland Garros "lags beh...

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Fiorentina Submits Plans For New Stadium

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Tottenham Yet To Commit To Wembley

EPL side Tottenham Hotspur has "yet to commit to playing at Wembley Stadium next season, raising the possibility that they could remain at White Hart Lane for a further year," according to ESPN.com. In May, the club announced a deal to use Wembley for this season's European fixtures, "which included ...

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Krestovsky Stadium To Host Match In April

The "first match to be played at St. Petersburg's World Cup stadium, Krestovsky, will be between Russian Premier League club Zenit St. Petersburg and Ekaterinburg side FC Ural in April," according to RT. The match between the two will be part of the 24th round of Russian Premier League '16-17 matche ...

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Casey Plans A-League Training Center

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Atlético's Stadium Move In Danger

The Community of Madrid (CAM) has "failed to approve official modification plans" for the site where Atlético Madrid’s new ground is being built -- "putting the club’s move to the yet-to-be-completed arena in jeopardy," according to Jorge García of AS. Officials from C ...

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