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Volume 6 No. 211

Events and Attractions

Plans for an indoor ski jumping world cup event at the football stadium in Warsaw, Poland are becoming "more and more specific," according to SKI SPRINGEN. Int'l Ski Federation (FIS) Ski Jumping Race Dir Walter Hofer said it is "realistic that a competition will take place this year." At the beginning of October "plans for an indoor ski jumping event were made public for the first time, and now the event seems to be virtually certain." The indoor world cup event is expected to take place in October at the Warsaw football stadium. Polish sports newspaper "Przeglad Sportowy" reported that "the technical details have been resolved by now." Hofer said, "An HS-90 hill will fit perfectly in the stadium. It is realistic that a competition will take place this year." The construction costs for such a hill are expected to be around 3 million zloty ($969,000). The stadium has a capacity of about 60,000. Wojciech Ziemski, who is in charge of the event's marketing, said, "This is a unique project. We already have a finished blueprint for a HS-90 hill. We couldn't use an existing hill as a reference because a freestanding object with a tower and a common room for athletes doesn't exist at the moment." The event is scheduled to take place at the end of October. It would be a special opening event to the '13-14 Olympic season (SKI SPRINGEN, 1/30).

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White revealed the mixed martial arts promotion company is "planning to stage" its first event in Russia in '13, according to RUSSIA TODAY. White said, "I would say this year (we'll go to Russia). Mixed martial arts is already big over there. Sambo is big over there. (We'll do a live event) and then we'll see where the market goes from there." MMA is "booming in Russia," and the UFC's head is "well-aware of that." The "top MMA events in the country" are currently staged by two local companies, M-1 Global and Fight Night (RT, 1/31).