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Volume 10 No. 25


The trust set up to help Super League rugby side Wakefield Trinity get a new stadium rejected a new agreement from the developer and dismissed it as "rubbish and meaningless," according to Jeremy Cross of the DAILY STAR. Developer Yorkcourt believes the heads of terms agreement sent to Wakefield Council is "acceptable to all parties." But members of the Wakefield & District Community Trust told the council the document is "far from acceptable." The proposal from Yorkcourt "aimed at securing a revised planning permission" includes no timescale on when the stadium will be built or how much it will cost and "lacks basic detail" about the £10M ($13.1M) plan. The document also confirmed that Yorkcourt "will not be willing to work with W&DCT" and wants to form a partnership with a "rival" trust set up by sports administrator Rodney Walker. This new agreement revealed that Yorkcourt wants to "abandon plans to finance and build adjacent grass and flood-lit all-weather training pitches." Yorkcourt promised to build these at the public inquiry, but now wants to "use up to half of the original 35-acre greenbelt stadium complex for a housing development instead" (DAILY STAR, 7/17).

GolfNow, a U.S.-based technology company specializing in golf-related products and services, will unveil its new int'l offices in Belfast on Tuesday. The £1.1M ($1.4M), state-of-the-art office space, which overlooks the River Lagan at City Quays, is currently staffed by 71 employees. That number is more than double what it was when GolfNow opened its first office in Belfast in Sept. '14. GolfNow, owned and operated by Golf Channel and part of the NBC Sports Group, offers more than 3.5 million registered golfers ways to book tee times online and via mobile devices. The GolfNow Belfast business operates the GolfNow, BRSGolf and brands in the Ireland and U.K. markets. GolfNow and partner with more than 75% of golf courses in Ireland and the U.K. GolfNow also has helped generate double-digit revenue growth year-over-year and more than £32.2M ($42.1M) in revenue for its course partners over the same time period (GolfNow).

Tottenham Hotspur "unveiled three development partners" that will support the development of its "state-of-the-art" new stadium, according to Billy Wood of BDAILY. The first is Zumtobel Group, which the club named its official stadium lighting partner. Zumtobel will support "the roll out of intelligent lighting" across all aspects of the 61,000-seat stadium. London-based IT infrastructure business Redstone was named Spurs' official cabling infrastructure partner which, in tandem with the HPE deal inked last week, "will support the cabling and technology systems" that will power some of the £850M ($1.1B) ground's "innovations." GKR Scaffolding was named Tottenham's official scaffolding partner for the new stadium, having previously worked on the demolition of White Hart Lane (BDAILY, 7/17).

League Two club Stevenage is "asking supporters to help fund the development of the North Stand." The club already has planning permission and is "in talks with architects about converting the terraced section of the stadium" into a 1,600-seat stand. The club has a Football Foundation grant of £450,000 ($587,565), but needs a further £500,000 ($652,850) "in order to start the work." Stevenage is asking fans to contribute to a "mini-bond," which will earn interest on a six-month basis (BBC, 7/17).

Barcelona renewed its deal with GrassMaster for the pitch at Camp Nou. GrassMaster is a 100% natural grass pitch reinforced by 20 million polypropylene fibers. The reinforced natural grass system was previously installed at the club's training center (GrassMaster).