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Volume 10 No. 23


A Brasileiro football club Flamengo senior exec said that the club "will not be pushed to do anything 'stupid' in its negotiations to return to Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã stadium," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Flamengo "is in discussions with the consortium awarded the rights to run the iconic arena after it was reopened in April" following a $500M, three-year renovation. Flamengo has played in Maracanã since it was built for the 1950 World Cup. Flamengo Marketing VP Luis Eduardo Baptista said, "We’re better off doing it today than tomorrow, but having said that, I can take this decision in five years’ time.” The reconstruction of Maracanã "has proved controversial." Protesters have complained that "the privatization of the facility doesn’t offer value for money to taxpayers who funded the upgrade," which cost 40% more than planned (BLOOMBERG, 6/18).

A referendum to decide the future of Camp Nou "is not enough," according to Joan Doménich of EL PERIODICO. Agustí Benedito, who ran for the presidency of Barcelona in '10 and finished second behind Barcelona President Sandro Rosell, is demanding presidential elections to make the debate regarding the stadium "much deeper and wider" among Barcelona supporters. Benedito: "I hope they don't take shortcuts or cheat. The remodeling proposal is only a communication strategy. The level of transparency in this government is scarce and not at the level that the club deserves" (EL PERIODICO, 6/20). ... In Madrid, Santi Giménez reported Benedito said, "The referendums are very good, but this is a theme that was not in Rosell's election campaign. Fans did not elect him for this. What I ask for is that he meets his election promises. He did not ask for a new Camp Nou, he planned a remodeling. If he wants to build a new stadium, he should put it in an election campaign, which he can do in '16. The next 10 or 12 presidents will pay for it" (AS, 6/20).

Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen "will increase the prices for food and beverages at its home stadium, BayArena, for the upcoming season." On average the club "will increase the prices by 5.6%." Leverkusen Managing Dir Wolfgang Holzhäuser explained the price increase by saying, "Our caterer has increased its prices." In addition, the club "will increase its season-ticket prices" (KÖLNER STADT-ANZEIGER, 6/19). ... Just four years after its inauguration, "and despite being recognized by fans throughout Spain as the best stadium in La Liga," RCD Espanyol's Cornellá-El Prat stadium is last in the '12-13 La Liga rankings of its teams' attendance based on percentage of stadium capacity filled (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 6/20).