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Volume 6 No. 192


Tottenham and its official catering partner, Levy UK, revealed the full lineup of well-known chefs bringing their expertise to the premium offering at the club's new stadium, with Bryn Williams and Dipna Anand the final additions. The club released CGI images of the premium areas in the new stadium, which will open in August. Williams and Anand join the Roux family and Chris Galvin in bringing their cuisines to the On Four lounges and suites located on level four of the venue. The six chefs run a combined 18 restaurants across the world, stretching from London to Dubai. Williams' traditional British style and Anand’s vibrant Indian style of cooking join the classical French cuisines offered by the Roux family and Chris Galvin. On Four also includes The H Club restaurant and lounge. Options at The H Club include: 

• Fine dining and informal brasserie-style experiences.
• The opportunity to dine at the Chef’s Table while watching food be prepared.
• The Players’ Table experience where guests can dine alongside former Tottenham players
• Informal bar for when members prefer a light option or have time constraints (Tottenham).

Major changes "are planned for Auckland's waterfront in the next few years" as the city prepares to host the 2021 America's Cup, according to Craig Hoyle of STUFF. The regatta will not "come cheap," with estimated costs ranging from NZ$140M-NZ$190M ($96.5M-$131M). Councilors were presented with five venue options at a "closed-door meeting" on Monday, and Auckland Council's governing body "will be asked to approve a final choice next week." Option 1 is extending Halsey Wharf, "which is Team New Zealand's preferred choice, but is also most expensive." Two other options involve the Captain Cook Wharf, "however those appear to be dead in the water for several reasons." Option 2 is kicking Ports of Auckland off Captain Cook Wharf, "with boats launching from the western side." Option 3 is kicking Ports of Auckland off Captain Cook Wharf, "with boats launching from the eastern side." Construction around the wharf would have a "significant impact" on cruise ships, which would need to dock elsewhere. In addition, Team New Zealand "raised concerns about choppy water" around Captain Cook Wharf due to the frequent passing of ferries and other vessels. Option 4 is called "dispersed central," with extensions to Halsey Wharf, Hobson Wharf and Westhaven Marina. Team New Zealand "made it clear it wants competing teams grouped together" to create the "feeling of one village." Option 5 is called "dispersed clustered," with extensions to Halsey and Hobson Wharfs, with further boats at Wynyard Point. Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development GM Steve Armitage said, "We dearly want to host this event in Auckland, and for Aucklanders and New Zealanders to get the benefit from it." Auckland is "under pressure to get the process started" (STUFF, 11/13). In Auckland, Bernard Orsman reported councilors were told the America's Cup regatta would add between NZ$550M ($379M) and NZ$1B ($690M) in "direct benefit to the New Zealand economy." Panuku Development Auckland Design & Place Dir Rod Marler said that technical experts "have undertaken a robust evaluation of a long list of possible locations" in Auckland, including Hobsonville, Gulf Harbour, Okahu Bay, Devonport and Bayswater. He said, "The locations have been evaluated on three criteria -- ability to deliver in the timeframe, ability to meet the requirements of the teams/events and the extent to which any investment delivers a legacy for Auckland and New Zealand." Marler said that the figures of NZ$140M-NZ$190M were "very indicative costs" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 11/13).

The Scottish Rugby Union insisted "Murrayfield's doors are open to become the new home of Scottish football." SRU COO Dominic McKay "launched a weekend charm offensive" in rugby's bid to lure the Scottish FA to the capital by inviting the media to a behind-the-scenes experience ahead of its autumn test against Samoa on Saturday. Murrayfield's 67,000-capacity, "superior travel links and modern stadium facilities are being used to try to tempt football's biggest games to Edinburgh." The SFA's lease for the Glasgow ground expires after hosting part of Euro 2020 (Scotland DAILY RECORD, 11/13).

The new Perth Stadium's "golden tickets" were "snapped up in just two hours." The "prestigious" Bankwest Club tickets, which went on sale Monday for A$30,000 ($22,900) each over a five-year commitment, are valid for "just about every event held at Optus Stadium -- including sport and concerts." Considered the "best seats in the new stadium," the 1,385 tickets were "snapped up by a mix of individuals and corporates -- some in large groups of more than 10 seats" (THE WEST AUSTRALIAN, 11/13).

Russian authorities said Monday that they would "improve Luzhniki stadium before next year's World Cup" after fans at the Russia vs. Argentina friendly "complained it took two hours to walk to the nearest metro station after jams at exits." Spectators said that after the final whistle on Saturday, they were "forced to stay in the stands for 30 minutes in the stadium that will host next year's final." The "bottlenecks were caused by ongoing works at the station," Moscow Security Department Head Vladimir Chernikov said (AFP, 11/13).