The São Paulo state government "gave up on financing mobile bleachers in Itaquerão," the new Corinthians stadium that is set to host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup, according to UOL.com.br. The club will now have to "search the market for a private sponsor" that will provide the R$70M ($34.5M) necessary to guarantee a stadium capacity of 68,000. The news is "an important change in the financial planning of the stadium." The original support of the São Paulo state government "was fundamental" in the 2014 World Cup Organizing Committee approving the Itaquerão. Withtout the mobile bleachers, the stadium will not "reach the capacity demanded by FIFA" for an opening World Cup match (UOL.com.br, 9/26). However, UOL.com.br's Gustavo Franceschini reported that the São Paulo state government denied reports it would not finance mobile bleachers for the new Corinthians stadium. The government released the following statement: "The São Paulo government agreed to fund the temporary bleachers for the opening match and is studying various alternatives to resolve the issue. The value of the investment has yet to be defined." The government does not agree with the R$70M price tag that construction company Odebrecht has foretasted for the project (UOL.com.br, 9/26).
DONE DEAL: PORTAL2014.org.br reported the purchase of 75,000 seats for the Estádio Nacional da Brasília Mané Garrincha was completed on Tuesday and will cost R$10.8M ($5.3M). Desk Móveis will supply the seats for General Admission, Hospitality, VIP and VVIP. The seat models will be the same as those used at Wimbledon, Dallas Cowboys stadium and Donbass Arena (PORTAL2014.org.br, 9/25).
Chelsea FC has called in police after six wallets, nine cell phones and several watches were stolen from staff and players at the training ground in "yet another amazing security breach at the club," according to Neil Ashton of the London DAILY MAIL. The thefts were discovered when the players returned to the locker room after practicing at their Cobham base in Surrey. It is the latest "serious incident" at the training ground. Earlier this year, a knife was also found in the locker room at the club’s academy. Academy player Jacob Mellis was fired after he caused a "full-scale evacuation" of the training complex by letting off a smoke bomb. In addition, three members of Chelsea’s staff damaged the Champions League trophy while "posing for unauthorised pictures" with the trophy. Players are now wanting to know "how their possessions could have been taken during an hour-and-a-half training session." The incident is currently being investigated by the police. CCTV footage has been handed to them and "confirms the thefts were carried out by a lone intruder" not connected with the training ground site (DAILY MAIL, 9/26).
The second course at Canada's new Cabot Links resort "will occupy a clifftop site" a few miles north of the existing course, which is situated at the heart of the town of Inverness on Cape Breton, according to GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTURE. Developer Ben Cowan-Dewar said that Cabot Cliffs is set to begin construction in the spring and will be designed by architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Coore has completed a routing, and, along with Cowan-Dewar and co-developer Mike Keiser, "will make the final decision on hole choices at a site visit next month." Two clubhouse locations are still under consideration. Either way, the course will include a "dramatic ocean carry par three along the lines of Cypress Point's famous sixteenth at the northern end of the property" (GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTURE, 9/18).
BREAKING GROUND: The Heartlands Development at Whitman, England has "reached a major milestone," with work set to begin on the construction of a new privately funded M8 Junction. The new junction will provide the main access route to Heartlands, a £650M ($1B) business, retail, residential and leisure destination, providing around 4,000 new jobs. The developer, Ecosse Regeneration, has signed contracts with TransportScotland and Balfour Beatty "allowing work to begin on the site." Funded by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the new intersection will be the first full motorway junction in Scotland to be entirely privately funded. One of the "largest reclamation and regeneration projects in Europe," the Heartlands Development currently includes plans for 2,000 homes, as well as leisure, education and community facilities (GOLFBUSINESSCOMMUNITY.com, 9/23).
India's Hockey Kerala "sought help from the government" to lay synthetic turf in at least three centers across the state to help field hockey players acquire the skills to play on these surfaces and "to reach their full potential." Hockey India newly-elected President Mariamma Koshy and Hockey Kerala officials V. Sunil Kumar and Ramesh Kolappa said that the key issue behind the poor performances of teams from the state at national level "was mainly due to the absence of proper training facilities," including the lack of synthetic turf (THE HINDU, 9/26). ... A new athletics track at London's Paddington Recreation Ground "is to be opened Wednesday, the site where Roger Bannister trained to break the four-minute mile." The project is backed by double Gold Medalist Mo Farah (ITV.com, 9/26).