Argentinian football club Boca Juniors' 2-1 victory on Sunday over Independiente "marked the launch of a Wi-Fi Internet connection in the stadium," according to MAQUINADOESPORTE.com. The project was launched through a new partnership with Internet service provider company Fibertel. The stadium is now "one of the first in South America to guarantee a web connection" to the fans present at the games (MAQUINADOESPORTE.com.br, 9/17). SOCCEREX.com wrote that the initiative is part of a new strategic sponsorship with Fibertel and is "designed to aid all those who attend La Bombonera, including fans, partners, employees and the media." Boca Juniors System Manager Martin Mendiguren said, "Today Boca becomes one of the biggest clubs in world technology, achieving a goal that only a few NFL stadiums could reach in the U.S." (SOCCEREX.com, 9/20).
Aviva Premiership Sale Sharks Rugby Exec Dir Steve Diamond revealed that the club is doing everything it can to "try to ease the traffic congestion," which marred the Sharks’ opening Premiership game at their new Barton ground against Saracens, according to Neil Leigh of the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. Fans have "instantly taken" to the 21st-century facilities at the club’s new £26M ($42.1M) Salford City Stadium, but the transportation to and from the ground has "caused major headaches for some." Diamond said, "What we mustn’t lose sight of is that, in years gone by, the complaints were about the poor facilities at Edgeley Park, such as toilets, food and drink stands and what have you. Now for our supporters, transport is the one major bug bear and...we will continue to work hard on this issue" (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 9/20),