Event Notes: Cardiff Could Replace Brussels As Euro 2020 Host
Cardiff, Wales, "could become one of the host cities for Euro 2020 with doubts over a new stadium being built in Brussels being ready on time." The FA of Wales "lost out in the original bidding process" in '14 when UEFA chose 13 cities across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the first European Championship. Concerns over Belgium's 60,000-seat Eurostadium project mean that "Cardiff is back in the running to stage matches" (PA, 9/20).
Police are "facing a challenge" after Wednesday's English Football League Cup draw set Tottenham and West Ham up for a midweek clash at Wembley Stadium. The Metropolitan Police will "liaise with both Premier League clubs ahead of the fourth-round tie," which will be played on Oct. 25 or Oct. 26. A "heavy security presence can be expected." Tottenham can "expect" to at least triple the crowd of 24,000 that went to watch the club beat League Championship side Barnsley (London DAILY MAIL, 9/20).
St. George's Park will host South Africa’s first day/night cricket test match when the Proteas play Zimbabwe over this year’s Boxing Day period. The test is "also slated to be the first four-day test match ever to be played in the history of the game." The test status of the match is, however, subject to Int'l Cricket Council approval at its meeting next month (HERALD LIVE, 9/21).
Britain’s Jockey Club announced the return of a £1M ($1.4M) Triple Crown bonus for the '17-18 season. The Jockey Club, which owns a number of leading racecourses, is "offering the windfall if any horse wins" the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park in November, the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March. The last horse to complete the hat-trick was Kauto Star in '05 (REUTERS, 9/21).