A "logistics nightmare surrounding the British and Irish Lions match has prompted fresh calls for an undercover stadium in Canberra to ensure the capital can attract blockbuster events," according to Chris Dutton of the CANBERRA TIMES. The Australian Rugby Union pinpointed almost 12 months ago the Lions' trip to the capital "would be a problem for Canberra Stadium's capacity to handle increased crowds and media." The Australian Capital Territory government "has plans to build a rectangular stadium with a roof" by '20. It would be able to host rugby union, league and football, as well as concerts and conventions. It would cost A$220M ($208M), but "it would have the capacity to earn revenue every day of the year as opposed to Canberra Stadium," which earns money only for Super Rugby Brumbies and National Rugby League Raiders games (CANBERRA TIMES, 6/19).
Old Trafford cricket ground "is ready for the Ashes," according to Chris Ostick of the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. After years of "planning battles, worry, financial hardship and just sheer determination," the last part of the £44M ($68M) redevelopment of the world famous ground was handed over to the club Tuesday. Following The Point -- which cost £12M ($18M) -- the state-of-the-art new players and media center, two new double-tier stands and the re-orientation of the wicket, "Lancashire take control of their new-look pavilion ahead of the YB40 game against Scotland." The club has spent £9M ($14M) "on dragging the famous old building" -- which is recognized world-wide – into the 21st century. Two stories have been added to the old structure, with the exec boxes -- "all of which have already been sold" -- on the top floor giving views of both the cricket and the surrounding area. The former home dressing room has been transformed into a luxurious suite for corporate hospitality, "while the old away dressing room is now part of the bright and modern new Long Room" (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 6/18).