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Volume 6 No. 215


Second Bundesliga club 1860 Munich wants to "push ahead its plan of a new stadium without the financial support of Jordan investor Hasan Ismaik," according to the DPA. 1860 Munich Managing Dir Robert Schäfer said Ismaik is "taking care of the club and not of the stadium." That is "not his responsibility." First, the club said that the businessman "would at least help the club to get in contact with potential investors." The club's plan calls for "a new 40,000-seat stadium" in Munich's eastern borough of Riem, so it can leave the Allianz Arena, which the team shares with Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. The proposed area for the new stadium is part of a distribution center, which is owned by the city and in close proximity to highways and the convention center. The club will wait for a response from the city until the end of the year. (DPA, 10/16).

KEEP LOOKING: The ABENDZEITUNG reported a community council spokesperson said that the club's targeted property in the Munich borough of Riem is leased "long-term" to a logistics company. The spokesperson continued, "In 2011, the city council approved a policy decision that the area will be used as as distribution center." 1860 Munich VP Franz Magat meanwhile said "there are no definitive solutions" in regards to a new stadium. He said, "We are still missing the first requirement for a new stadium: an empty property, which is suitable for a stadium. In addition, we also miss investors." Magat also expressed skepticism about possible other properties in the Munich boroughs of Garching-Hochbrück and Freiham (ABENDZEITUNG, 10/12).

Liverpool has "ruled out" renaming Anfield to help fund the proposed £150M ($241.5M) redevelopment of the stadium, according to the London DAILY MAIL. The club had held talks with a "number of interested parties" when it was considering building a new £300M ($483M) ground. But after deciding to remain at Anfield, Managing Dir Ian Ayre has confirmed that the stadium will "retain its famous name." Ayre said, "There won’t be a naming rights deal for Anfield. It was only something we looked at when we were assessing the option of a new stadium" (DAILY MAIL, 10/16).

Super Rugby club ACT Brumbies will move into a A$15M ($15.3M) high performance center at the University of Canberra "as early as next year for the beginning of what they hope will become the capital's sporting epicentre," according to Chris Dutton of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The club "will link with the ACT government and the university" to build the new multi-million dollar base for the Super Rugby franchise, with each party contributing A$5M to the facility. The center will include a new training oval, a high-tech gym, player treatment facilities, a recovery center, a theatrette for team meetings and enough space "to house multiple sporting teams and organisations." In "another boost to the resurgent Brumbies," the university will remain the club's naming-rights sponsor for at least one more year (SMH, 10/16).

FULL HOUSE: In Canberra, Dutton noted the government's A$5M contribution "is for community sport, with ACT Sport ready to move its offices from Hackett to the university campus." Several smaller sports "will follow the Brumbies," while Canberra United FC and Canberra Capitals women's basketball team "are also set to benefit from the new multi-purpose facility." The new building "has the ability to be extended in two different directions as more sports move into the facility." Brumbies CEO Andrew Fagan said, "We want the best rugby program in Australia and by doing this we can provide facilities and programs that can't be matched" (CANBERRA TIMES, 10/17). 

Russia's first PGA National branded course has officially opened. The course, located at the Zavidovo Resort, opened to 350 prospective members, including British Embassy officials and leading businessmen and businesswomen from Moscow. Also among the special guests was lead designer Dave Sampson from European Golf Design. The facility was designed with a view to host professional golf tournaments, including tour events, in the future (PGA).

IMG TEEING OFF IN CHINA: IMG has been chosen to provide golf course management services to Taiyuan Luxuriance Int'l Golf Club in Taiyuan, Shanxi province in China. The 27-hole course, currently under construction, will be the centerpiece of a golf development that will also include real estate, a five-star hotel and other facilities. The course will open next year (IMG).

Stadium seat supplier Kango Brasil will provide the 43,000 seats for the Arena da Baixada World Cup stadium in Curitiba, Brazil, according to Estelita Carazzai of FOLHA DE S. PAULO. The company is owned by Mario Celso Keinert Petraglia, the son of the president of the Atletico-PR, which plays in the stadium. With the contract, the company will receive R$12M ($5.9M). The price "was more than some of the other seven competitors," but it was still chosen by Atletico-PR because of "quality and regional reasons." The seats for the stadium will be produced in Brazil. Overall, close to R$200M ($98.3M) will be spent to furnish the seats of the 12 World Cup stadiums in Brazil (FOLHA DE S. PAULO, 10/16).

KEY VISIT: Wednesday will be a "decisive day" regarding the possible participation of the Brazilian city of Recife as a host for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. Recife's Arena Pernambuco will have its last FIFA visit before the organization makes a decision on whether the stadium will host any Confederations Cup matches. As it currently stands, the arena is 64% finished (, 10/16).