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Volume 10 No. 22


Russia’s biggest and most-famous arena, the Luzhniki in Moscow, will "likely be demolished" and be replaced by a new stadium after hosting the 2013 World Athletics Championships, according to RUSSIA TODAY. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said, ­“There are two options: The first one is how it happened with the Brazilian stadium of Maracana when the walls remained, but everything inside was cleared. This is expensive and not perfect because we’d have to go underground, but, actually, there’s nowhere to go there. So the concept, according to which the stadium will be demolished and a new modern arena built in its place, is about to be accepted.” According to Mutko, "drastic measures will need to be taken" to bring Luzhniki up to FIFA’s high standards, as the arena will be the main venue for the Russian-hosted 2018 FIFA World Cup. President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government will be "deeply involved" in the Luzhniki project so that the stadium will remain the “the country’s largest sporting enclave” (RT, 12/8).

Super League rugby club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats has confirmed that full outline planning permission of a stadium development plan has been approved by the secretary of state for the Newmarket Development. The development will include a 12,000 capacity community stadium of which the Wildcats will be anchor tenants. The stadium is expected to be complete in time for the '15 season and will be owned by the Wakefield & District Community Trust, also providing much needed sporting facilities for the district. The only opposition came from Leeds City Council, which cited the use of greenbelt land. The Local Development Framework report freed the land at the former Silkstone Colliery site from greenbelt status, enabling it to be available for commercial use (Wakefield).