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Volume 10 No. 25


An "enormous crack" appears to have been left in the Estadio Azteca after a "devastating earthquake in Mexico City," according to Mick Gadd of the London DAILY MIRROR. One of world football's "iconic" venues, and the host of two World Cup finals, the stadium reportedly "suffered severe damage" after a 7.1-magnitude quake. The scheduled Copa MX match between Club América and Cruz Azul "has been suspended." Fox Sports Mexico journalist Emilio Leon "posted an image of the stadium on Twitter showing the giant break in the back of the grandstand that could compromise the structure." He tweeted, "Due to the ... quake minutes ago in Mexico City, the Estadio Azteca has fractured." However, others said that the crack seen in images and video "widely circulated on social media" is "part of the stadium's design to avoid damage." The stadium is "due to host" the NFL New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders in November (DAILY MIRROR, 9/19). In London, David Agren reported more than 60 people were killed in the earthquake which hit southern Mexico on Tuesday, "causing serious damage to buildings in the country's capital on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that inflicted major damage to Mexico City." Morelos Governor Graco Ramírez tweeted that "at least 42 people had been killed in central Morelos state." Puebla state's interior department reported 11 deaths, while at least eight more died in the State of Mexico, "which wraps around the country's capital," according to Mexico Governor Alfredo Del Mazo. Video posted online showed one building in the Reforma neighborhood "collapsing in a cloud of dust as onlookers screamed and ran for safety." Another video showed slabs of concrete "peeling from the facade of the labor ministry and plunging onto the street below" (GUARDIAN, 9/19).

Splayed wooden ribs support the new gauze-like roof of the Warner Stand at Lord's Cricket Ground, "which was designed by Populous as part of a wider overhaul of the stadium," according to Natasha Levy of DEZEEN. The update of the Warner Stand is the "first phase of a 20-year masterplan" orchestrated by Lord's owner Marylebone Cricket Club, which will see "extensive redevelopment of the grounds." A new roof cantilevers over the higher level seats. Echoing the shape of a fan, it "features American white oak beams covered in a 1.6-cm-thick fleece that is "impregnated with aerogel." The fabric "provides acoustic insulation, moderating crowd noise for neighbouring residents, and is the first time the material has been used in Europe," according to the architecture firm. Populous Senior Principal Philip Johnson said, "The roof is the most distinctive feature of the building -- the oak beams give a warmth to the building but also a sense of stability. The fabric, conversely, provides a lightness and translucency." Several bars and catering facilities have "also been introduced at each level of the stand, helping to ease crowd congestion that was becoming particularly problematic on rainy match days when spectators are forced indoors." Included is a large restaurant at the top of the stand that is "fronted by a glazed wall to optimise diners' views of cricket games" (DEZEEN, 9/19).

Ligue 1 side Nantes announced it launched a project to build a new 40,000-seat stadium which it “expects to open in the summer of ’22,” according to LE POINT. The new stadium will be built next to the club’s current 37,473-seat Beaujoire Stadium. Club President Waldemar Kita said, “We want to do everything to make this stadium the best in France and one of the best in Europe.” The project will be privately funded by the club and French real estate firm Réalités. Réalités CEO Yoann Joubert said, “We will speak on the project’s figures when we have finished negotiations.” He added that the cost could be “around” €200M ($240M). In addition to the stadium, the project will include “lodging, a sports-medicine center, a marketplace and an academy.” The Beaujoire Stadium was built for Euro 1984, but is “no longer up to date with security features,” which disqualified it from hosting Euro 2016 matches. The Beaujoire Stadium will be demolished following the unveiling of the new venue (LE POINT, 9/19).

Arena Group, which provided the "stand that caved in" during Saturday’s T20 int'l, injuring three spectators, said that "the responsibility for its maintenance lay with Durham" County Cricket Club. The company said that Durham chose "not to use its services to maintain the stand after buying it" in '13. Durham declined to comment on the maintenance of the stand (LONDON TIMES, 9/19).

Safety checks have been carried out at the two grounds that built temporary stands for England's one-day series against the West Indies following the incident at Durham. On Monday, engineers carried out checks at Old Trafford, the venue for the first match on Tuesday, and Bristol, where England plays the West Indies on Sunday. The other grounds -- Trent Bridge, The Oval and the Ageas Bowl -- do not have temporary structures (London TELEGRAPH, 9/18).

Work has begun in the Cloche d'Or and Kockelscheuer districts for Luxembourg's new national sports stadium. On Monday, Luxembourg City Mayor Lydie Polfer performed the inaugural groundbreaking for the future stadium. The stadium will accommodate "about 10,000 spectators" seated around a 123m x 75m pitch. The site "may also be used for other outdoor events" (LUXEMBURGER WORT, 9/19).

Stadium One, the first sports community mall in downtown Bangkok, is "scheduled to open by mid-November and cash in on sporting trends in Thailand." The project was developed by Sportsociety Co., which budgeted 200M baht ($6.05M) to rent the four-acre plot for seven years. Stadium One will have about 27,000 square meters of space. Of the total, 20,000 square meters "will house 124 shops selling sports products and equipment, as well as a physical clinic" (BANGKOK POST, 9/19).

League Championship side Reading supporters "urged the club to sell the naming rights to Madejski Stadium." Fans believe the club "could benefit from the extra cash flow which could come about if the name of the stadium was to be changed." The issue of renaming the stadium emerged after Reading CEO Ron Gourlay "hinted it was a possibility in the future" (GET READING, 9/19).