Cologne's Lanxess Arena, which is, among others, the home of German Hockey League (DEL) club Cologne Sharks, "is expected to be sold," according to the SID. Arena owners Oppenheim-Esch-Fonds "are reportedly preparing the sale of the multi-purpose arena, which was completed in '98, and its adjacent buildings for the end of March." The whole complex "is expected to be divided into five parts: the 18,500-seat arena itself, a training facility, two office buildings and a parking deck." The owners hope that the separation "will increase the number of potential buyers." The owners invested an estimated €320M in the project. They expect "to regain about two-thirds of it through the sale" (SID, 3/19).
With Polish football club Widzew Lodz "eyeing a new stadium, the municipal authorities of Lodz have launched a tender to build a new sports facility" which is designed to "revamp the troubled" club and boost match attendance, according to Jaroslaw Adamowski of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The decision to build the €31M ($42.9M) stadium was "jointly announced" by Lodz Mayor Hanna Zdanowska and Widzew CEO Pawel Mlynarczyk. The club's current stadium "has a seating capacity of 10,500, of which only 1,192 seats are under a roof." The new facility is expected to "triple the capacity." The "latest move follows earlier attempts" to build a new stadium (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 3/19).