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Volume 10 No. 22

Facilities

A £12M ($16.2M) plan to redevelop Super League side Wakefield Trinity's Belle Vue stadium has been announced "in a move that will keep the club in the city," according to the BBC. Wakefield Council "put forward a proposal to build a 10,000-seat community stadium on the site" by '20. The plans have been "agreed in principle" with the club, which has played at Belle Vue since 1895. If approved, work could begin on the stadium in Sept. '18. The proposal also includes plans for a retail, residential and entertainment development. Super League's minimum requirements for '16 stipulated that grounds must have a minimum capacity of 5,000, with 2,000 of that seated. Belle Vue's capacity is "just over 7,000" (BBC, 9/20).

Atlético Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano was chosen by UEFA to host the 2019 Champions League final, according to ESPN.com. The new stadium opened on Saturday for Atlético's 1-0 win over Málaga. Wanda Metropolitano won the right to host the game over the Olympic Stadium in Baku, which will instead host the 2019 Europa League final, while Turkish side Beşiktaş' Vodafone Park will stage the 2019 UEFA Super Cup. The decisions were taken at Wednesday's UEFA Exec Committee meeting in Nyon, Switzerland. Atlético said in a statement, "It will be the first big international final held at our stadium. ... Atletico Madrid are proud that UEFA trusts in our facilities for the biggest game in the Champions League." Kiev, Ukraine, will stage the '18 Champions League final, which will take place on May 26 at the NSK Olimpiyskiy Stadium (ESPN.com, 9/20).