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Volume 6 No. 217


EPL West Ham Co-Chair David Gold "has revealed he wants to introduce standing areas" when the club moves into London's Olympic Stadium, according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. Gold claims he is certain so-called "safe standing" would eventually exist in the highest echelons of English football, despite it currently being against the law for clubs in the top two divisions not to have an all-seater ground. Gold said he hoped to introduce such an area into the Olympic Stadium “shortly” after West Ham relocates there in '16. Gold: "I’d be stunned if we don’t have some sort of safe-standing experiment soon. I think, in five years, we will see safe standing at football stadiums because, let’s face it, it’s not very expensive to install and it’s safe, very safe. In fact, it’s twice or three times safer than what we have at the moment" (TELEGRAPH, 5/20).

Cape Town Councilor Grant Pascoe said that the city is "hoping to attract sport teams and nightclubs to the rarely used, loss-making stadium it built" for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, according to Chris Spillane of BLOOMBERG. Spillane: “We are looking at an anchor tenant, which will be one of the bigger sports, so that’s rugby. We’re also looking at the possibility of some nightclubs to be accommodated within that precinct, which will help lower the cost of the stadium.” The local Cape Town council is "trying to find tenants and uses for the 68,000-capacity Cape Town Stadium," which cost 4.5B rand ($479M) to build and hosted eight World Cup matches, including the semifinal between the Netherlands and Uruguay. Pascoe said that Cape Town Stadium cost 56M rand ($5.9M) to operate in its most recent financial year and generated income of 14M rand ($1.5M). Pascoe added that "even if the city gets regular tenants for the stadium, it will probably still be unprofitable" (BLOOMBERG, 5/20).

Russia Head of the Audit Chamber Sergei Stepashin said Monday that Zenit St. Petersburg's $1.1B stadium project's completion date has been "put back again and it may not open until 2017, a decade after construction work began," according to R-SPORT. The stadium is to host a 2018 World Cup semifinal, "but the new date means there could be a rush to prepare it for scheduled Confederations Cup games in 2017." Stepashin said, "The [completion] terms, in the best case, are the end of 2016 or the start of 2017.” Stepashin added that the city government's existing estimate of Dec. 2015 "was inflexible and failed to take into account any 'operational decisions' that may need to be made" (R-SPORT, 5/20).

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff officially opened Brasilia's Mane Garrincha World Cup stadium (IANS, 5/19). ... A "world-class indoor velodrome" in the heart of Kuala Lumpur "will likely steal the limelight" from the proposed 80M RM ($26.5M) project in Labu, Malaysia, which was mooted last year. Three consultants "were shortlisted by the UCI" -- Germany-based Schürmann Architects and Velo Track GmbH & Co KG and Ireland-based PJ Lane Construction Ltd. (STAR ONLINE, 5/20). ... Compass Contract Services, which runs League Championship side Leicester City's King Power stadium, was hit Friday with a £16,000 ($24,400) bill "after pleading to three charges of contravening food hygiene regulations." Prosecutor Nicki Agalamanyi said that "10 of 16 food kiosks inside the ground had evidence of mouse activity during a routine inspection by Leicester City Council last year" (DAILY MAIL, 5/18).