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Volume 6 No. 212

Facilities

National Clubs Association Rugby side Coventry Chair Jon Sharp "ruled out any possibility" of League Two side Coventry City moving to the Butts Park Arena, according to the BBC. Coventry City, in the last year of its agreement with Ricoh Arena's landlord, Pro14 side Wasps, "earmarked the 4,000-capacity stadium as a real option." But Sharp said that there is "no chance of any groundshare deal happening." He said, "We will not deal with them as long as they are owned by Sisu. They are a sister club bearing the city's name with a proud old history, who have fallen from grace, just like us. We're marching back up. I sincerely hope they do too. We'll offer what support we can to get there, but the one thing we cannot do is have any formal arrangement with them, any groundshare, whilst they're owned by their current owners. Whether correctly or not, the current owners are vilified within the city." Coventry City has "just 14 more league games left at the Ricoh" before the agreement allowing it to play at the ground it once part-owned runs out. Butts Park Arena, in the Spon End district of Coventry, close to the city center, "already has two teams playing there" (BBC, 11/15).

Work is underway to build the first Olympic-standard BMX bike track in Scotland, "which will allow for elite-level competitions to be staged in the country on a regular basis," according to Russell Jackson of the SCOTSMAN. The £3.7M ($4.4M) project is being constructed in Knightswood, in northwest Glasgow, and "will form one of the key venues for the 2018 European Championships." The new BMX Centre at Knightswood Recreation Ground is the "only permanent venue being constructed for use at Glasgow 2018, with work expected to be completed by late spring next year." Completion of the center will "mean Glasgow is the only city in the world with venues capable of hosting all four Olympic cycling discipline events" -- BMX, mountain bike trails, road and track -- within its boundary. The project, which is being funded by Glasgow 2018, Sportscotland, Glasgow City Council and British Cycling, "will be open for use by the local community as well as becoming the new home of the Western Titans BMX Club," which will relocate from its existing base in Clydebank (SCOTSMAN, 11/16).

Scottish Premiership side Heart of Midlothian hopes Tynecastle will pass a safety inspection on Friday so the ground can host the match against Partick Thistle on Sunday. Edinburgh City Council officials "inspected the main stand on Wednesday as redevelopment work continues." The Scottish Professional Football League "expects the game to go ahead" (BBC, 11/15).

The FA of Wales is prepared to spend around £500,000 ($659,500) improving Wales' training facilities in the Vale of Glamorgan. The plans include building a new gym and physiotherapy center next to training pitches at the Hensol resort (BBC, 11/15).