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Diageo Sells Gleneagles To Boutique Hotel Operator Ennismore

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 02 / 15

Diageo "sold Gleneagles, Scotland's luxury hotel and golf resort, after 31 years of ownership, to boutique hotel operator, Ennismore," according to Scheherazade Daneshkhu of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Ivan Menezes, CEO of the Johnnie Walker scotch and Smirnoff vodka-maker, confirmed the sale of the Perths...

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Brazil's "troubled" Arena da Baixada Stadium in Curitiba will stage its first World Cup test event March 26. The venue will not be "officially ready until April 30, just six weeks before football's showpiece event." Officials also said that the stadium's redevelopment budget has risen to 330M reais ...

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Kaiserslautern Agrees To New Stadium Deal

Second Bundesliga club FC Kaiserslautern "has reached a new stadium lease deal with the city council," according to the SWR. Under the new deal, the club will pay €2.4M ($3.3M) annually in the 2nd Bundesliga and €3.6M ($5M) should it get promoted to the top flight. So far, Kaiserslautern h ...

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Barça Presents New Camp Nou Entrance

Barcelona on Wednesday opened its new entrance to the Camp Nou, "which the club hopes will become the main entrance for fans," according to the EFE. Barcelona Sponsorship Dir Jordi Moix introduced the "completed renovation project of the 722.5 square meter area, which lasted six months" and cost &eu ...

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England Fears Empty Wembley For Euro

Wembley fears empty seats with lack of marquee matchups for Euro '16.

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Sydney FC Reveals Training Center Plans

A-League side Sydney FC has "hit back at fans who say it lacks a long-term strategy by revealing plans to build a centre of excellence, providing a path from the grassroots through to the A-League," according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Sydney FC Chair Scott Barlow "issued an open ...

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Canberra Stadium Revamp Put On Hold

The ACT government is "keen to bid for rugby league World Cup games" in '17 but Canberra Stadium officials said that they will "resist sinking any more money into the venue until a decision is made" on the proposed A$300M ($269.4M) roofed stadium, according to Chris Dutton of the CANBERRA TIMES. Alm ...

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Curitiba Admits It Needed 'Ears Pulled'

Officials in Curitiba, Brazil have conceded that they "underestimated the demands of hosting World Cup matches" as the venue's status was confirmed on Tuesday after FIFA "had considered ditching" the city over stadium construction delays, according to Mark Gleeson of REUTERS. City official Reginaldo ...

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Brisbane Interested In Hosting Nines

Suncorp Stadium bosses "are prepared to launch an audacious bid to bring" the National Rugby League Nines to Brisbane as club bosses accept the tournament "is set to become a permanent fixture on the rugby league calendar," according to Todd Balym of the Brisbane COURIER-MAIL. The "stunning success ...

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San Siro Installs 30% Synthetic Field

Milan's San Siro stadium's "playing surface is not what it used to be," according to Luiz Aznar of MARCA. Last season, a complaint by Barcelona's Dani Alves "defined it as a 'potato field.'" Stadium execs "made the decision to modernise the facilities and improve the field of play," and now the "cur ...

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Duisburg Buys Stadium Shares

German 3rd League football club MSV Duisburg "has to thank the city's good will that it can hope for a financial recovery," according to the SID. The city council "agreed to purchase stadium shares" for €504,000 ($693,500). The city "therefore now owns more than 50.1% of the stadium project cor ...

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