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Volume 6 No. 216


Austrian football Bundesliga side Austria Vienna "will invest in its infrastructure," according to the ORF. As part of a larger project, the club "will increase the capacity of the Generali-Arena to 17,000 by '17." Austria Finance Dir Markus Kraetschmer said, "If there's one thing we've learned from the Champions League, it's the experience that clubs which want to be successful have invested in infrastructure." The club expects "to receive a construction permit by the end of the year." The construction itself "is supposed to start in the summer of '15." The infrastructure project "will have a price tag" of €45M ($61.3M). The cost "also includes the expansion of the club's youth academy and the modernization of its training facility" (ORF, 7/7).

The Canadian Premier League T20 has secured financing for the construction of a 35,000-seat covered stadium for int'l cricket. Designed by WSP Canada/Architecture 49, the stadium will be the first purposed-built covered cricket facility in the world with a natural grass surface and a fixed roof that will allow for maximum sun exposure. League execs are currently examining several potential locations in Toronto and the surrounding suburban Greater Toronto Area. Canadian Premier League T20 President Bob Mitchell said that finding a large enough property to build such a stadium has been a more difficult challenge than initially anticipated. Mitchell: "Our plan is to have this stadium built and ready for international cricket within four to five years." While the search continues, the league plans to launch its inaugural season next August and September with 10 teams playing a 45-game schedule along with three playoff games (Canadian Premier League T20).