Scotland faces "losing out on a chance to host a glamour Euro 2020 group stage" -- because Hampden does not "have enough fatcat seats," according to Gordon Waddell of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. They "fear if UEFA apply strict rules on stadium criteria for their elite competitions it could hold us and other small nations back from ever hosting their showcase games." Host stadiums must have 80 "sky boxes" -- hospitality boxes with 10 seats outside -- and Hampden "only has 26." No ground in Scotland "comes close to qualifying." Scottish FA CEO Stewart Regan said, "We have submitted a letter before the deadline and we have said we would still like to keep our hat in the ring. However, based on the bid dossier that was sent out we are non-compliant." The SFA has "conducted a feasibility study into getting Hampden up to the required standard by adding 60 boxes, which would be used mainly for corporate guests but also to host broadcasters." However, the "cost of even a temporary solution" was in the region of £10M ($16M) and for a group involving only four matches, the chances of any return on that investment "were nil." In the meantime, if the '20 bid "is derailed Scotland will submit an application to host the 2017 women’s European Championships." Regan said, "The criteria are not as stringent and we have said we would be interested in that as an option" (DAILY RECORD, 9/15).
Bundesliga club FC Nuremberg "is once again dreaming of building its own stadium," according to the SID. Club Financial Dir Ralf Woy said, "It is supposed to be a new stadium in Nuremberg. It is expected to be completed by 2020 at the site of the old stadium." The club's main goal "is to generate higher revenue with a competitive stadium." At its current stadium, which has a capacity of 50,000, the club "is only a tenant." In addition, the Nuremberg stadium, together with the Berlin Olympic stadium, "are the only Bundesliga stadiums that have a running track surrounding the field." Parts of the current stadium, which was last renovated in '06 ahead of the World Cup for €56M, "are under heritage protection." Woy said that the club "is currently talking with potential partners." Woy: "We need investors. We are not able to finance the project on our own" (SID, 9/13).
Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia has turned down a €40M ($53.2M) investment "offer for a new stadium" from German company ISF, according to Alexander Krassimirov of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The team "rejected the deal after failing to agree to conditions that included handing over the stadium to ISF to maintain and operate, shared use of the stadium with another club and the Bulgarian national team." The proposal was "for CSKA to share the stadium with Slavia Sofia." The stadium was to be built on the land "currently occupied by Slavia's arena," located in the suburbs of Sofia. CSKA Sofia currently plays home games at "the Bulgarska armia stadium, situated in the heart of Sofia, but cannot use it for games in European tournaments" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALLL, 9/13).