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New BBVA Bancomer Stadium In Monterrey Opens On Sunday With Friendly Against Benfica

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 31 / 15

BBVA Bancomer Stadium, the new home of LigaMX side Club Monterrey, opens Sunday with a friendly against Benfica of Portugal. The $200M stadium, designed by Populous, is the most expensive facility built in Mexico and its amenities are on par with NFL facilities, according to project officials. Priv...

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Rangers To Rename Govan Stand At Ibrox

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