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Volume 10 No. 24


The Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany, home of Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) side Brose Baskets, "has to find a new naming-rights partner even quicker than it originally thought," according to NORDBAYERN. The Stechert Strahlrohrmöbel company announced on Thursday that it will terminate the naming-rights contract for the arena ahead of the scheduled expiration date in September. The reason for this drastic action is the highly dysfuntional relationship between the contract partners, especially the accusations of lying by Mayor Andreas Starke toward Stechert CEO Franz Stegner. Originally, Stegner was willing to fulfill the length of the contract, but now he said that "he had no other choice." The cancellation of the contract "is currently under review" (NORDBAYERN, 4/25).

EXTRA SPACE: The BERLINER ZEITUNG reported that 2nd Bundesliga club Hertha BSC is planning to install additional seating for its final home game of the season against Energie Cottbus on May 19. The club, which will be promoted to the Bundesliga after the season, wants to add 3,000 temporary seats to increase the stadium's capacity to 77,116. So far, the club has sold 45,000 tickets for the game (BERLINER ZEITUNG, 4/24).

Ligue 1 club Paris St. Germain has revealed its "renovation plans for the Parc des Princes" to provide itself with a home befitting its newly-elevated status, according to BUSINESS GHANA. Following this season's final home game against Brest on May 18 "work will begin on the stadium," which took on its current form after a near-two-year facelift in '72, and is scheduled to finish prior to the '15-16 campaign at the end of which the ground will stage Euro 2016 matches. PSG Managing Dir Jean-Claude Blanc said, "It's about improving the quality of a good number of areas of the stadium with an emphasis on design and aesthetics. We'll play at the Parc throughout the work. We won't close any of the stands nor will any games be played elsewhere." The work, which will cost Qatari owners Qatar Sports Investments an estimated €75M ($97.6M), "will focus on four areas: two extra rows of seats will be installed to bring fans closer to the pitch; a panoramic viewing area of 500 square metres will be built high in the Borelli Stand with the aim of encouraging families to attend games; the number of VIP seats will be increased from its current 2,000 to 4,500 come Euro 2016; and the dressing rooms will be made bigger" (BUSINESS GHANA, 4/24).

Officials with Spain's national football team are concerned about pitch conditions for its June 16 Confederations Cup match at Pernambuco Arena in Recife, Brazil, according to Miguel Ángel Lara of MARCA. In a visit to Brazil two months ago, the officials visited stadiums where the playing surfaces had not been completed, but the concern was that the type of grass typically used in South America is much slower than what is used in European stadiums. The grass chosen in Recife is called Bermuda Tifway 419. Its resistance to light and heat -- median annual temperatures in Recife exceed 25 degrees Celsius (77F) -- "make it a good choice." This surface "has three big advantages: its water consumption is 30% less than typical grasses; it doesn't allow for bad weeds because of its high density and finally, it offers the security of maintaining perfect conditions in terms of color and appearance." Another reassuring aspect of the field is the fact that it will be taken care of by the same company, Ireland's Support in Sport, that monitors the field at Camp Nou (MARCA, 4/25).