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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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AEG, Bahamas Sign Agreement

The National Sports Authority of the Bahamas has announced a strategic consulting and operations agreement with AEG Facilities to provide services for the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre in the capital city of Nassau. The agreement calls for AEG Facilities to pr ...

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Cardiff Stadium Unveils Hotel Plans

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Trump: High End Golf 'Doing Great'

Warning bells "have sounded on the health of golf, from lower participation and course closures to environmental demands for reduced water use," but billionaire Donald Trump said that "business at the high end is grand," according to Brian Snyder of REUTERS. Trump staged the grand opening of Trump L ...

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Paris Olympic Bid May Help Roland Garros

A Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics may "end a decade-long standoff between the Grand Slam tennis tournament and neighbors over expanding its cramped facilities" according to Rossingh & Connan of BLOOMBERG. Plans to "cover the main court at Roland Garros were first announced" in '04. But with the ...

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Pakenham Synthetic's $7M Track 'World Class'

Pakenham Synthetic's polytrack race track "received a seal of approval from trainers and jockeys after the opening day of racing" at the A$9M ($7M) track, according to Michael Manley of the HERALD SUN. Pakenham Synthetic is the "second synthetic track to be opened in Victoria with the Geelong S ...

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Rio To Open $2M Weightlifting Center

Brazilian weightlifting "will receive a modern training center in the coming months" as a result of an approximately R$6M ($2M) investment from the country's ministries of sports and defense, according to Flávio Dilascio of GLOBO ESPORTE. The center will be built in Rio de Janeiro's Adalberto ...

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Russia Plans To Use Prison Labor For '18

Russian authorities "want to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup," according to James Ellingworth of the AP. The Russian prison service "is backing a bid by Alexander Khinshtein, a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party, to allow prisoners to be taken from th ...

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Wuhan Open Builds New $161M Stadium

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French Open Expansion Remains On Hold

For "at least a little while longer," the construction permits for the latest French Open expansion project "remain on hold as the local and national authorities squabble among themselves," according to Christopher Clarey of the N.Y. TIMES. The French Tennis Federation’s plan, often revised an ...

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Samara, Russia Commits To New Facilities

Russia's build for the 2018 World Cup is having a "knock-on effect for other sports with Samara being the latest to announce that as well as the new Kosmos Arena, the region is proposing a number of other new sports facilities," according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. At a meeting with ...

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