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Volume 10 No. 22


Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) club Bayern Munich "wants to move to a bigger arena in the foreseeable future," according to the SID. Club Managing Dir Thomas Oehler said, "In the near future we want to call an arena with about 10,000 seats our home." Currently, "a move is not an acute issue for the BBL club." Oehler said, "For the next three years the Audi Dome has to be enough." The Audi Dome, formerly known as Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle, hosted the Olympic basketball tournament in '72 and has a capacity of 6,700. In addition, Oehler said that the club "generated almost 23% of its revenue through ticket sales." Bayern Munich also has the highest player payroll in the BBL with €9M ($11.5M) (SID, 11/6).

The consortium in charge of the Arena Pernambucu in Recife, Brazil, has "opted to alter the project" to speed up construction and get it ready for the 2013 Confederations Cup in June, according to Itri & Rizzo of FOLHA DE S. PAULO. This is significant as the Confederations Cup is set to take place in June. The roof and the façade of the stadium will both see changes "in the material used and the construction process." The façade, which was supposed to be constructed from aluminum panels and glass, will now be made "with a plastic membrane similar to the one used at the Allianz Arena in Munich." The stadium itself will have "a rounder format" than the original project suggested. The changes "should increase the cost" of the stadium, which already stands at R$532M ($261.6M), but the arena will now be ready for April instead of Dec. '13 (FOLHA DE S. PAULO, 11/6).

The new offices of the UAE NOC have been completed in Al Nahda 1 in Dubai. The Dh16.5M ($4.5M) building will accommodate 21 sports associations, all working to develop sport and sporting facilities in Dubai and across the UAE. Dubai considered bidding to host the 2020 Olympic Games, but announced last year it would pursue a bid in 2024 instead (THE NATIONAL, 11/6). ... The $100M Royal Isabela golf community in Puerto Rico has officially opened. Architect David Pfaff designed the course; the community also includes a clubhouse, 20 luxury casitas, a restaurant and tennis courts. There are also 28 home sites and space for up to 50 fairway villas on the property (GOLF COURSE ARCHTECTURE, 10/30).