Facility Notes: Arena Group Claims Durham CCC Responsible For Maintaining Stands
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).