Stobart Super League Wakefield FC has "secured their future for the next 100 years after receiving the green light" for a new stadium, according to the PA. The club plans "a major development" at Newmarket that will include a 12,000-capacity community stadium. CEO James Elston said, "Just over a year ago we went on record saying we had secured the immediate future of the club and the news today gives us the next 100 years of life of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats." The stadium will be funded by the development company Yorkcourt Properties but owned by the Wakefield & District Community Trust. The Wildcats will "become primary tenants." It is expected to be completed in time for the start of the '15 season. Wakefield Chair Andrew Glover said, "It gives us the opportunity to be sustainable. The future of the club is secure with this." The development is "expected to include other pitches for community use" as well as conference and banqueting facilities. Elston believes the news "will boost his club's ability to recruit a higher standard of player." Elston: "It will give us the ability to make money every day of the year. A business model can't be based on 14 Super League games alone" (PA, 6/21).
Next week's Irish Open golf tournament at Royal Portrush will be "the first sell-out the European Tour has ever had," according to the London DAILY MAIL. No tickets remain for the final two rounds, and "none will be available" for the opening two days after 5pm GMT on Friday. It is the first time the tournament has been held in Northern Ireland since '53. Irish golfers Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell are all taking part along with USPGA champion Keegan Bradley and three-major winner Padraig Harrington (DAILY MAIL, 6/21). Irish Open Championship Dir Antonia Beggs said, "We are preparing for a crowd around the 100,000 mark for the week of the Championship, and with a particularly large spectator audience expected for the weekend, we felt it prudent to stop selling tickets for Saturday and Sunday” (BELFAST TELEGRAPH, 6/21).
London's 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium is one of three finalists for Stirling prize, an annual architecture award. The stadium has received "a lukewarm reception in some quarters but is considered a contender" for the £20,000 ($31,400) prize as the only truly large British building aiming at the Royal Institue Of British Architects award this year (GUARDIAN, 6/20).
CHANGING HANDS: Banyan Tree Group has taken over the management of Laguna Lang Co from Int'l Golf & Resort Management Ltd. Laguna Lang Co is part of the Laguna Hue Project in Vietnam. IGRM has overseen the development of the Nick Faldo-designed Laguna Lang Co championship golf course, practice facilities, all golf-related infrastructure and advised on the course maintenance facilities, maintenance equipment and grass procurement. The resort is schedule to open Nov. 1 (Golf Business Community).