EPL Tottenham is "working on secret plans for a new 65,000-seat multi-purpose stadium" that would allow the club to "share with a London-based NFL franchise," according to Alex Miller of the London DAILY MAIL. Tottenham earlier this year "dumped" original designs for a 56,000-seat stadium costing $646.6M. The team has appointed Populous to "design a bigger ground allowing an easy switch" from English football to the NFL. It is "understood that plans being drawn up for the Premier League outfit may include a sliding pitch to protect the playing surface" for when it is used for NFL games. The sliding pitch would "cost a substantial amount and suggests that, behind the scenes," Tottenham officials are "confident they can lure NFL games from Wembley or even attract a London NFL franchise." The "revelation also adds weight to the likelihood of an increasing NFL presence in London over the next few years." Wembley Stadium "could not realistically bid to become the permanent home of an NFL team needing to play eight home games per season and use the stadium as a base from summer to January" (DAILY MAIL, 10/27). A Tottenham spokesperson "refused to rule out the club working with an NFL franchise and insisted" the facility would be a "multi-purpose arena" (METRO, 10/27).
A contract worker on the Sydney Cricket Ground redevelopment "has been sacked for allegedly smuggling a flare into Allianz Stadium hours before the weekend's A-League derby." The man "was picked up during a review of CCTV footage by the SCG Trust security unit." He is alleged to have "accessed the south end of the stadium in the hours before the match, using his position as a third-party contractor to gain entrance and hide the flare" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10/29). ... Qatar sports fans "have never had it so good." The city's Aspire Zone Foundation has "expanded its range of sports facilities available to the public with the opening of new football fields, basketball and volleyball courts." The facilities, which are free for the community to use, include 12 mini-football fields, "six basketball courts and one volleyball court, which have been installed in different parts of Aspire Zone by Aspire Logistics" (GULF TIMES, 10/24).