Red Bull Owner Dietrich Mateschitz "has promised investments in and around Spielberg, Austria," according to KURIER. He also "wants to more closely include the surrounding communities." The Red Bull Ring, which is located near Spielberg, will host an F1 race for the first time in 11 years in June. On Monday, Mateschitz "hosted the mayor and members of the Murtal region tourism industry for an information evening." The evening was about "ideas for the development of the region." Several of the more than 50 guests said that Mateschitz "counts on bicycles during the grand prix weekend." He is expected "to buy 1,000 bikes, partially with electric motors for hotels on higher elevations, so visitors can ride the short distance to the track." After the event, the bikes "will be given to the local communities." Mateschitz also "wants to keep the region's tradition." He "wants to have regional live music at every bar and restaurant during the F1 race weekend, so people feel comfortable and will return." Another idea of the 69-year-old "is to push 'self made' local products." A network of stores "could sell products like cheese, bacon or hats under one name." The revenue "would go back to the producers." In addition, Mateschitz wants to support new business owners. He said, "Everybody who has a business idea can send it to us. We will collect and evaluate them." Good ideas "will be rewarded with some type of loan from a new corporation called 'Werkberg'" (KURIER, 2/5).
Events and Attractions
European Tour CEO George O'Grady "has strongly denied saying the new EurAsia Cup team tournament was a 'mistake'" after organizers of a rival event claimed he was having second thoughts, according to the AFP. O'Grady was responding to comments from Royal Trophy co-Managing Dir Ivan Ballesteros, who said that "the European boss had told him having two similar, Europe v Asia tournaments was unsustainable." O'Grady said, "I categorically refute the comments that Ivan has attributed to me stating that the EurAsia Cup is a 'mistake' and 'not sustainable.' It is simply not the case" (AFP, 2/5).
Celtic Park "will host next month's Scottish League Cup final." Aberdeen is due to face Inverness as the first major piece of silverware of the season is contested. Celtic Park "has beaten off competition from Rangers' Ibrox Stadium" (Scotland DAILY RECORD, 2/5). ... Rally Australia "will again have its headquarters at Opal Cove Resort" when the World Rally Championship returns to the New South Wales Coffs Coast in September. The ocean-front resort, seven kilometers north of the Coffs Harbour city center, was also home to the event in '11 and '13 (CRASH, 2/5). ... Ultimate Fighting Championship "will make its return to Abu Dhabi in April, four years after first staging UFC 112 here." The event, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira, "will take place April 11 on Yas Island." The headline bout will see American Roy Nelson, UFC’s No. 10 heavyweight, fight Brazilian Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, the No. 13 heavyweight (THE NATIONAL, 2/5). ... With soaring temperatures predicted for Melbourne on Saturday, Racing Victoria officials "have rescheduled the strong Caulfield meeting by starting the opening race at 11am." The possibility of temperatures exceeding 40 degrees (104F) and the prediction of a hot northerly wind "was compelling evidence enough" for RV to compress the meeting by starting at 11am and finishing at 3:20pm (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 2/5).