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Volume 6 No. 214


Fans are "set to get their first look at detailed plans to redevelop" ANZ Stadium, the "home of the Sydney Olympics," within the next five weeks, according to the AAP. ANZ Stadium operators said on Thursday that they had "received submissions from two construction giants bidding for the right to upgrade the arena and its surrounding precinct." Brookfield Multiplex and Laing O’Rourke will "officially present their ideas, including design concepts, full cost and timing schedules, to an evaluation committee made up of a number of stakeholders, in coming days." It is hoped that "planning of construction work" on the reported A$250M ($235M) redevelopment "will begin next year, pending necessary funding." The stadium is "expected to get a retractable roof, new seating closer to the field of play, as well as better facilities in and around the stadium," as outlined in a New South Wales government masterplan released last year (AAP, 6/26).

Man City announced a "further expansion of the Etihad Stadium, which will take the total capacity to a little over 55,000," according to Paul Handler of the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. The plans revealed on Thursday will add a "further three rows of seats at the pitchside level, and come in addition to the work already under way to add 6,000 seats to the South Stand." Both projects are "due for completion" in time for the '15-16 season. City also has "planning permission for a third phase of expansion which would see 6,000 seats added to the North Stand if carried out" (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 6/26). In London, Chris Waugh reported the expansion will allow Man City to "sell even more season tickets" for less than £300 ($510). Season tickets to watch Man City in the new seats will cost £299, the "cheapest price available to watch top-level football in England." The additional seats "will make the Etihad the third largest stadium in the Premier League." Only ManU's Old Trafford and Arsenal's Emirates Stadium will hold more. Currently Newcastle United's St. James' Park and Sunderland's Stadium of Light "also have a bigger capacity than the Etihad, which holds 47,405 supporters at present" (DAILY MAIL, 6/26).

Organizers of the first Russian F1 Grand Prix are continuing with their preparations and announced the opening of another stand, according to the SID. The new construction in the Olympic host city of Sochi "will be located at the end of the start and finish straight and provides seating to 7,000 spectators." Race promoter Sergey Vorobyov said, "Due to huge demand we have decided to install another stand at an interesting point on the track." The FIA and organizers in Sochi "confirmed the 16th round of the 2014 season will take place as scheduled on Oct. 12 despite recent doubts due to the Russian-Ukraine crisis" (SID, 6/26).