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Volume 10 No. 26


Bundesliga club FC Nuremberg's search for a new stadium naming-rights sponsor "has finally come to an end with the introduction of electronic company Grundig," according to the BAYERISCHER RUNDFUNK. The football stadium in Nuremberg "will be renamed Grundig-Stadium." City Mayor & Club Chair Ulrich Maly said, "I'm very happy that this agreement with Grundig has been reached. The naming-rights sponsorship is an important part of financing our last stadium renovation." The contract with Grundig "will take affect on July 1." The company will pay €800,000 ($1.1M) a year for the rights. The money "will be used to repay debt" from the stadium's '06 renovation, which cost €55M. The reason for the club's decision to go with Grundig as its new partner "is reportedly the company's regional root" (BAYERISCHER RUNDFUNK, 2/14).

Political party West Australian Labor will move the site for a new 60,000-seat sports stadium away from the current location next to billionaire James Packer's Crown casino "as part of a range of cost savings designed to pay for its key election public transport promise," according to Nicolas Perpitch of THE AUSTRALIAN. Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said that he wanted the "hundreds of small businesses around his preferred site" at Kitchener Park in Subiaco to benefit from patronage after a major event rather than "one big business, the casino." McGowan guaranteed that the stadium would still be ready for the '18 Australian Football League season because the 18 months of site works necessary at Burswood "would not be needed." Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett Thursday accused Labor of "panicking" as it desperately tried to fill a black hole in the costings for its Metronet rail network, which it had priced at A$3.8B ($3.9B). McGowan said, "I'd ask West Australians to understand the simple point that you can get a world-class stadium at a more affordable price and the savings can be directed into Metronet" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 2/15).

Fifth tier Conference National club Mansfield Town has increased capacity at the One Call Stadium by almost 300, the second expansion in three months. After approval from the Safety Advisory Group, the One Call Stadium "will now have a capacity of 8,186" (BBC, 2/12). ... Golf Design company Schmidt-Curley Design has announced it renovated Siam Country Club's old course, which will be showcased during the Honda LPGA Thailand, Feb. 21-24. Eighteen new greens were built to eliminate issues with standing water and reclaim pin locations. All bunkers were tiled to assist with drainage and high flashed to help give the course a distinctive, uniform look (Schmidt-Curley Design).