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Volume 6 No. 193


Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen Manager Derek McInnes said that a new stadium and linked training facilities is a vital "game-changer" for the club, according to the BBC. The £50M ($66M) project would be at Kingsford, near Westhill. Backers and objectors have been "taking their chance to make their points at a hearing at Aberdeen Town House." McInnes told the hearing he realized on his first day in the job in '13 "how bad training facilities were, and that change was needed." He said that the club was "bottom of the league table" for training facilities, adding, "Others will leave us in the distance. ... How do we want Aberdeen to be regarded? Modern state-of-the-art facilities, or do we just stay as we are?" Edel Harris, of Aberdeen FC Community Trust, said that "many groups could benefit from the proposals for Kingsford, including those with disabilities." Objectors have called for the club to "look elsewhere, raising concerns about traffic, parking and noise from the development" (BBC, 9/13).

League Two side Coventry City CEO Dave Boddy "hinted" that there is an "improving relationship" with the Ricoh Arena, owned by Premiership Rugby club Wasps, "as the Sky Blues play out their last season at the stadium under their current agreement," according to Andy Turner of the COVENTRY TELEGRAPH. As it stands, the football club has nowhere to play next season and Boddy said that it is his "priority" to resolve the issue. Coventry City has "booked the stadium for a sporting dinner" with former England and Liverpool player Kevin Keegan in November, and Boddy said that the club is continuing "to build a positive relationship" with the arena. It is an indication, "perhaps, that an extension to the current playing deal is looking increasingly more likely." The club has been "actively looking at other options," mainly a ground share with Coventry Rugby Club at the Butts Park Arena "which is fraught with problems," not least the fact that rugby club Chair Jon Sharp has repeated his previous stance that the prospect of a ground share with the Sky Blues is "not on the cards" while Coventry City’s London hedge fund owner, Sisu, continues "legal action against the council." However, Sharp did say that the option of a ground share with CCFC was "still on the table and that nothing had been definitively ruled out" (COVENTRY TELEGRAPH, 9/13).

A new £29M ($38.3M) motorsports track in Northern Ireland "has been granted planning permission by Mid Ulster District Council," according to Stephen Lickorish of MOTORSPORT. The Lake Torrent circuit is set to be built on a former clay pit site in Coalisland, 40 minutes from Belfast. Execs of the 2.23-mile, 12-turn circuit "hope to attract major series like the British Touring Car Championship and the World Superbike Championship to the venue." It "is planned that work on the Lake Torrent circuit will be completed" in the spring of '19. The design of the privately-funded circuit has been penned by Driven Int'l -- the company "also working on Silverstone’s new rallycross track." Noise restrictions will limit the venue to only 12 days of racing per year, with a maximum of four Saturday and Sunday meetings allowed (MOTORSPORT, 9/13).