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Volume 6 No. 234

Facilities

Counter-terrorism police have been drafted to speak to Premier League clubs "amid concerns that stadiums may be targeted in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack," according to Mike Keegan of the London DAILY MAIL. A summit was held with every top-flight head of safety and security before the season. Officials "sat in on seminars" with experts who spoke about "issues including what safety measures should be introduced and what to do in the event of an attack." ManU, which was the first club to employ a counter-terrorism chief, has "now employed a head of security to work at Old Trafford." Rings of steel have been "put in place around a number of top-flight grounds including Old Trafford and the Etihad." The talks are part of a campaign to "ensure the safety of all the supporters who attend Premier League matches each week." A source said that clubs have also been "encouraged to share best practice with each other" (DAILY MAIL, 8/21).

K League side Gangwon said Tuesday that it will "move into a new home stadium next season," according to YONHAP. Gangwon "currently uses" the Olympic Ski Jumping Centre in PyeongChang. Next season, Gangwon said that it "will play at Songam Stadium" in Chuncheon, a city in Gangwon Province located 85km east of Seoul, after reaching an agreement with the Chuncheon city government. Gangwon is "familiar with the 25,000-capacity Songam Stadium" because the club played some matches at the venue in '09. Gangwon previously used Gangneung Stadium in Gangneung as its home ground, "but after earning a promotion" to the K League this season, the club has been playing at the ski jumping center (YONHAP, 8/22).

The final of the inaugural Pro14 "will be staged at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin next year." Last season's Pro12 final was held in the same 51,700-capacity venue, with Welsh side Scarlets defeating Munster. Cardiff's Principality Stadium was also considered before Dublin was selected to host the match on May 26 (BBC, 8/22).

Building contractor Ghelamco will file a new application for the construction of Brussels' Eurostadium with the Flemish government "as time is running out for the venue." The Belgian capital is "slotted to host multiple matches during Euro 2020." But construction of the stadium "has faced bureaucratic obstacles and delays." Ghelamco will now pursue the option of a centralized building application. The authorities have 120 days to "consider the application for approval" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 8/22).

Pukekohe Park has "taken another step" toward securing its status as "the home of New Zealand motorsport" with the unveiling of 28 new pit garages. The steel garages have been built in time for this year's ITM Auckland SuperSprint from Nov. 3-5 at a cost of NZ$500,000 ($363,900). They "replace the tents used previously underneath a viewing platform" (STUFF, 8/22).