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Volume 6 No. 216

Events and Attractions

Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium will be the host venue for the UEFA Women’s Champions League final on May 23. The biggest event in European women’s club football will return to London for the second time in three years. UEFA also unveiled former England defender and Arsenal Ladies legend Faye White as the 2013 UEFA Women's Champions League final ambassador. In her role as ambassador, White will work with UEFA to help promote the sport and final. The final of the women’s competition will be held two days prior to the men’s UEFA Champions League final, which takes place at Wembley Stadium on May, 25. Ticket details for the event will be announced at a later date (UEFA).

The Futsal World Cup in Thailand "descended into chaos" on Tuesday as FIFA said that the tournament's showpiece arena, due to host the final as well as other games, would not be ready in time, according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The announcement came with the tournament's group stage already under way and only eight days before the Bangkok Futsal Arena, "which has been dogged by delays during construction," was due to host its first games. FIFA said that the games will now be played at alternative venues in the city. FIFA said that the quarterfinal matches scheduled to be played on Nov. 14 would now be played at Bangkok's Nimibutr Stadium, while the semifinals and final would be hosted at Bangkok's Indoor Stadium Huamark (REUTERS, 11/6).  The BANGKOK POST noted the decision to not use the 1.2B baht ($39M) stadium was made "after a thorough evaluation by a FIFA inspection group" (BANGKOK POST, 11/6). 

The inaugural game of the Arena Tricolor in Porto Alegre, Brazil, has already sold 45,000 tickets, according to Vicente Fonseca of The new 60,540 seat multi-use stadium, home of Brasileiro club Grêmio, will host a number of 2014 World Cup matches. The stadium opener featuring home club Grêmio and Bundesliga club Hamburg SV, is scheduled to take place on Dec. 8. So far, tickets have only been made available to members of the club. The sale of tickets to non-club members, if there are any left, will begin on Nov. 15. Ticket prices range from R$96 ($47) to R$399 ($196) (, 11/6).

The '13 F1 race calender includes only 19 races at the moment, but F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "is working on a return of the Grand Prix of France," according to Michael Schmidt of AUTO MOTOR UND SPORT. The inaugural edition of the New Jersey Grand Prix has been postponed at least until '14. To fill this void in the calendar, Ecclestone "is in talks about a possible return of the French Grand Prix." First media reports speculated that the Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France, which hosted its last F1 race in '90, "could replace the New Jersey race in June." However, Ecclstone said, "If we drive in France, then in Magny-Cours." The Magny-Cours racetrack hosted the Grand Prix of France from '91-08. In addition, Ecclestone has already a date in mind for a French race, June 23, one week before the Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone (AUTO MOTOR UND SPORT, 11/6).

A new report shows a 3.5% growth in competitive golf in Australia ahead of the approaching summer months, which could deliver further momentum. According to the 2012 Australian Golf Industry Council Competition Rounds Report, more than 12 million rounds of golf have been played since the same time last year. The report also noted golf has grown by 5% each of the past three summer periods (AGIC).

GERMANS ALSO GOLFING: reported that new research has found that golfers from Germany and Scandinavia are "the most likely to have taken an int'l golf holiday" in the past 12 months. The survey, commissioned by Reed Travel Exhibitions, found that more than 85% of regular golfers in Scandinavia and Germany had taken a "non-domestic golf break" over the past year, compared to 79% of regular golfers in the U.K. and Ireland, and 70% in France. The findings also indicate German golfers "tend to stay the longest," averaging 7.5 days for golf breaks, compared to 7.2 for French golfers, 5.8 for Scandinavians and 5.7 for British and Irish golfers (, 11/6).