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Volume 10 No. 25


Super League rugby club Castleford has secured a move to a new stadium by '17, according to Andy Wilson of the London GUARDIAN. The Tigers "are joint top of the early-season table" and "have now released plans to leave their Wheldon Road home for a new development in nearby Glasshoughton." Castleford has "been talking of a move for more than a decade." But this proposal "is unrelated to the one that stalled several years ago over issues surrounding the sale of Wheldon Road" (GUARDIAN, 3/12). SKY SPORTS reported Castleford wants to build a 10,000-capacity stadium as part of a £135M ($225M) retail development of a site at Glasshoughton. Lateral Property Group said that the development "will also feature a 50-acre country park and that as many as 2,000 jobs would be created." The purpose-built stadium "would be designed to meet Super League requirements," with a mixture of both seating and standing terraces, and it is hoped that work will begin during '15 (SKY SPORTS, 3/13). The BBC reported Tigers Chair Jack Fulton said it was an "exciting opportunity" to get a home "fit for the 21st Century." LPG Managing Dir Philip Lunn said details of a public consultation would be announced "shortly" (BBC, 3/13). Lunn: “In addition to delivering this new stadium for Castleford Tigers, the enabling retail development could bring a massive boost to the local economy. We have had very positive conversations with some of the biggest names in U.K. retail and we expect to be able to make further announcements soon" (YORKSHIRE EVENING POST, 3/13).

PortAventura Entertainment S.A.U. has signed a licensing agreement with Ferrari to build Ferrari Land, a Prancing Horse theme park, inside the PortAventura resort and theme park outside Barcelona. The project will involve an investment of more than €100M ($139M). The theme park will cover 75,000 square meters and offer various attractions, including Europe's highest and fastest vertical accelerator. Ferrari Land will also include the first Ferrari-themed hotel, which is to be built inside PortAventura. The park is scheduled to open in '16 (Ferrari). In Madrid, David Padilla reported Ferrari Land "will also have simulators like those used by F1 drivers." It is "not the first time" Ferrari has built a theme park -- "Ferrari World Park" was built in Abu Dhabi in '10 (MARCA, 3/13).

The start of construction of the HSV-Campus youth academy "will be delayed in case Bundesliga club Hamburg SV gets relegated," according to the HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT. The club "has mailed this announcement to its shareholders," who allocated €17.5M for the project in the fall of '12. The letter read, "All possible and necessary steps will be prepared, so they are ready for decision-making. Based on the club's athletic development, those decisions will be made at the appropriate time and the project's time table could change." Therefore "it is unclear if in case the club is relegated, construction work on the youth academy will still start as planned in '14" (HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT, 3/11).