Czech side SC Znojmo "is currently in talks with the Czech Ministry of Education to obtain" CZK 90M ($4.6M) in subsidies "to modernise its stadium," according to Jaroslaw Adamowski of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Club CEO Ota Kohoutek said, "If we deliver the application in compliance with all the requirements, the subsidies should be approved [by the ministry]." SC Znojmo "was promoted to the Gambrinus Liga," the top tier of the Czech professional football league, after the '12-13 season. Upgrading the club's stadium "is essential in its efforts to secure a licence for the next season from the Czech Football Association (FAČR)." Under the plan, the club "is to modernise the stadium's seating areas, set up lights for the football field, as well as build a VIP and press zone" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 4/9).
The notion of Australian Football League Club St. Kilda "returning home to the Junction Oval has moved one step closer to reality" following top-level talks between the AFL and the Victorian government, according to Caroline Wilson of THE AGE. Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Sport Damian Drum last week "gave the AFL the green light to explore the potential establishment of a co-tenancy arrangement" at the historic St. Kilda ground between the Saints and Cricket Victoria. Drum said a partnership with another sport ''would seem a logical direction for cricket to go in.'' Drum: ''Multi-purpose facilities are what we encourage at all levels of sport to facilitate greater usage and the best outcomes for the public.'' The joint venture "would also open up more avenues for funding." Drum: ''If cricket and another sport want to present a joint proposal that pools resources for Junction Oval facilities, we’d welcome it'' (THE AGE, 4/9).
Milan's San Siro "will not be considered as a venue" for Euro 2020, but Rome’s Stadio Olimpico "is an option," according to FOOTBALL ITALIA. Italy has "put themselves forward, but only with the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and not also the [San Siro] in Milan." Italy National Olympic Committee President Giovanni Malagò said, “Roma is going forward with its candidacy, while Milan is no longer on the table. The Olimpico is the only arena with the requisite characteristics demanded by UEFA for these international competitions" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 4/8).