Man City has unveiled a plan to expand seating at Etihad Stadium to around 61,500, according to Mike Keegan of the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. City bosses "will apply for planning permission" to the Manchester council next month. If all goes according to plan, construction could start "as early as February." Club officials have stessed "any plans will not affect current season card holders." Once the work is completed, the stadium would be "the second-largest venue in domestic football." The club will offer its 36,000 season card holders the opportunity to "buy up to four more season cards." Club officials will gauge interest "before deciding to extend one or both ends of the stadium," although it will request permission for both. According to a source, "It has to be commercially viable." Officials "declined to comment on potential costs" (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 10/10).
Super League rugby side Hull Kingston Rovers has "brought one of its major sponsorship deals to an end ahead of schedule in the past week" as MS3 Communications' naming rights agreement for Craven Park "has been cancelled," according to RUNNING RUGBY. The Robins' home "will now revert back to being referred to just as Craven Park" as opposed to MS3 Craven Park just two years into "what was supposed to be a five-year deal." The club signed a naming rights agreement with MS3 Communications in Sept. '11, but that contract was ended early this week due to a "repudiatory breach of contract" (RUNNING RUGBY, 10/9).
The Australian Turf Club "launched its new Royal Randwick grandstand" Thursday night with "a stunning gala party and sitdown dinner attended by some of the biggest names in racing and biggest race fans in the country." Actress Rachel Griffiths spearheaded a "stellar" guest list which also included radio commentator and Royal Ascot enthusiast Alan Jones, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing and Arts George Souris, Arrowfield's John Messara, Gai and Robbie Waterhouse and Frances and Bridget Abbott (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 10/11). ... Nigeria national football team coach Stephen Keshi "has become embroiled in a new row as he criticised the pitch at the refurbished National Stadium in Abuja, Nigeria, as bad for football, before rowing back on his comments" Wednesday. Keshi ''clarified'' his earlier comments on the pitch of the National Stadium, saying the pitch was "not bad" -- but "a lot needed to be done to improve its standard" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 10/10).