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Volume 10 No. 12


The Australian Capital Territory government said that "the proposed CBD stadium will have a roof" -- it is just a question of whether it "will be a retractable roof or a fixed one," according to David Polkinghorne of the CANBERRA TIMES. The government hopes "to redevelop the Civic area down to Lake Burley Griffin, with a new stadium part of a decade-long project that is subject to an approved business model." The first step in the A$200M-A$300M ($184M-$276M) project "is relocating the Olympic pool and then planning will begin on the stadium, with construction hoped to begin" before '20. ACT Sports Minister Andrew Barr said that a roof "was a necessity and would allow the stadium to be used for more than just sport, with concerts and other major events also possible year round" (CANBERRA TIMES, 7/21).

A £45M ($69M) redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse to include a new 6,500-capacity grandstand and royal box "has been unanimously approved by planners," according to the BBC. Work "will begin at Prestbury Park after the 2014 National Hunt Festival in March." The site's owner, the Jockey Club, "aims to complete the project ahead of the 2016 festival." The new grandstand "replaces the current 'A&R' block, which was built in the 1920s." The current royal box, which was built in '52, and 55 other boxes, which were built in the '20s and '30s, "will be demolished" (BBC, 7/19).