Three new regional Turkish stadiums will host Olympic football matches if Istanbul succeeds in its bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to David Owen of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The three 40,000-plus capacity venues -- in the cities of Ankara, Antalya and Bursa -- "are set to be completed" by the end of '15, and '13 in Bursa's case, at a combined cost of almost $900M. They are "joined in Turkey's Olympic plans by two existing 50,000-plus Istanbul venues" – the Kadıköy Stadium, "presumably the Şukru Saracoğlu Stadium" that hosted the 2009 UEFA Cup final and is home to Fenerbahçe; and the Seyrantepe Stadium, "which must be Galatasaray's Türk Telekom arena," completed in '11 (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 1/14).
The Chengdu Hongyuan Investment Co. Ltd. has control of more than 375 hectares of land near Mianyang, China. The company's "plan is to develop the area into a large residential and resort area including a 27-hole golf course." Pacific Coast Design "has been commissioned to design the golf course, and work has commenced on the construction of the first nine holes" (GOLF BUSINESS NEWS, 1/11) ... Essex Cricket has secured an agreement with developers MCD for the first phase of the ground development of the Essex County Ground in Chelmsford, England to begin. The 136-year-old club has just signed a deal with developer MCD to start building work on several blocks of flats around the ground. This will help to finance the long-awaited new pavilion, cricket school, car park, public square and bridge (Essex County Cricket Club). ... Int'l Union of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM) President Klaus Schormann has unveiled a new concept to the sport, the Pentathlon Stadium. Now a spectator can watch five disciplines in five hours with one ticket from one seat. The revolutionary innovation will make its Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in '16, which is currently in discussion (UIPM).