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Volume 6 No. 211


The Russian government has put out a $612M tender "to reconstruct Moscow's iconic Luzhniki Stadium, the venue for the 2018 World Cup final," according to R-SPORT. Work has already begun "to rip out the seats at the hulking arena, which will be hollowed out and furnished with new stands." Only the outer shell "is to be kept intact." The winning contractor, to be announced on Dec. 12, "will have three-and-a-half years to complete all necessary work." World Cup organizers had initially put the costs of the refurbishments at $800M, "though that was before they announced a more frugal approach to building for the tournament." The tender is worth 20B rubles. Original plans had a final capacity of 90,000 spectators, "but the budget was reduced and world governing body FIFA approved new designs with the more modest total." There "are to be 300 places for disabled people." The renovated venue "will also allocate 2,000 VIP seats and another 2,000 places for media and 160 commentator positions " (R-SPORT, 11/20).

Polish Ekstraklasa club Ruch Chorzow "has selected the design of its new stadium," according to Jaroslaw Adamowski of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The club said that "it expects to obtain planning permission in June, with construction work at the 12,000-seat facility starting two months later." The club said in a statement, "One of the advantages of the selected design is the possibility of expanding its capacity to 16,000 seats in an easy and not overtly costly manner." The winning bid "was submitted by local architecture firm GMT Mysłowice." The cost of the stadium "is likely to hit" 96M zloty ($31M) (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 11/20).

The company responsible for building the grandstand at Adelaide's Clipsal 500 V8 Supercars track is "facing liquidation at a Supreme Court hearing early next month for not paying its debts, just weeks before construction of the controversial temporary structure is meant to start." A recruitment company has "lodged a claim against Australian Staging and Rigging," saying it owes more than A$100,000 ($94,000). Clipsal 500 CEO Mark Warren "refused a request for an interview on the subject" (THE ADVERTISER, 11/20). ... Southland, New Zealand "will likely host a netball test in its new-built stadium next year, but the details are yet to be announced." Information "around the allocation of test matches" has not been released (FAIRFAX NZ NEWS, 11/20). ... Work to "dismantle the first of the 14 iconic triangular floodlights on top of London's Olympic Stadium began on Wednesday" as its "transformation into the home of Premier League club West Ham United" continued. The "500 tonne lighting towers, a defining symbol" of the 2012 Olympics and an addition to the east London landscape, will be "taken down and replaced with similar-looking lights" underneath a new 45,000 square-meter roof (REUTERS, 11/20). ... The Guam FA will implement the first-ever FIFA Income Generation Project: the installation of solar panels at the GFA headquarters and technical center that will enable its authorities to save up to 95% of its standard energy consumption and increase its investment in football-specific activities (FIFA).