Chelsea has appointed Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to "look at how the club can increase capacity at their current Stamford Bridge home," according to Tim Clark of ARCHITECTS JOURNAL. The club has commissioned a study to "review different improvement options for Stamford Bridge which could include decking over the railway line to the east and the north of the stadium." Chelsea had previously looked at "several new locations for a new stadium." The team faced opposition from "supporters and the Chelsea Pitch Owners plc, which stipulated that the club needed to change their name if they moved from Stamford Bridge." Chelsea said in a statement, "This study will review the potential for improvements to publicly-owned areas along Fulham Road and the area around the football ground, including the possibility of decking over the railway lines to the east and north of the ground. This could create landscaped public walkways and cycleways, while also reducing pedestrian traffic on Fulham Road and nearby streets on match days" (ARCHITECTS JOURNAL, 6/24).
Germany-based automotive supplier Continental "will reportedly sign on as the naming-rights partner of the new stadium of 3rd League football club SSV Jahn Regensburg," according to BR. Nothing has been made official yet, but "everything points at Continental" as the new naming-rights partner. The city confirmed that it has found a naming-rights partner for the new stadium. The partner "will be officially presented on Wednesday." Jahn Regensburg's shirt sponsor, mustard producer Händlmaier, said that it will not be the naming-rights partner of the new stadium (BR, 6/23).
WÜRZBURG ARENA: BR reported "plans for a new multi-purpose arena in Würzburg have been put on ice due to missing investors" for the €30M ($40,8M) project. Instead of a new arena, the area "will be used as parking spaces for surrounding office buildings." Originally, plans "called for a garage beneath the new 6,000-seat arena." However, the relegation of basketball club s.Oliver Baskets "seems to have stalled the arena project" (BR, 6/24).
EPL side Southampton's St. Mary's stadium will have LED floodlighting installed ahead of the '14-15 season. The new lighting system will be in place for the coming campaign with the club moving in line with Premier League requirements for a higher level of light output. St. Mary's will become the first stadium in Europe with LED floodlighting, 64 years after the club's old ground, The Dell, made history as the first in England to have permanent floodlights installed. Delivered by Vision Accendo, the new system will provide a higher quality of broadcast lighting as well as significantly reducing the amount of energy used when compared to traditional metal halide floodlights (Southampton).