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Volume 7 No. 126


Proposed America's Cup base in Auckland.
Photo: New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Team New Zealand "expressed surprise" at the release of an alternative plan for the America's Cup village for the '21 regatta in Auckland, according to Christopher Reive of the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. The government, with support from Auckland Council, unveiled a "hybrid" proposal for at least seven team bases in the Wynyard area. The plan includes restaurants and bars, public viewing and hospitality areas. It incorporates elements of the Wynyard Basin option, agreed by the council in December and publicly notified in January, and the Wynyard Point variant explored by the government. Team NZ CEO Grant Dalton admitted he was "surprised" by the government and Auckland Council's announcement, as it has been "working through options but has not yet concluded discussions that meet all parties' objectives" (NZ HERALD, 2/14). STUFF reported in a meeting on Tuesday with the government, council officials, engineers and architects, TNZ said that it presented a plan that delivers a "contained and vibrant event village environment" on the Halsey and Hobson Wharfs, without the necessity of building on Wynyard Point, for "significantly less cost" than what the government has "come out with." Dalton said that its option has the ability to "save tens of millions of dollars." He said, "Emirates Team New Zealand has always existed with the absolute priority of effectively saving money where possible." The plan presented by TNZ includes the 75m Halsey extension, which is "already in the process for Resource Consent" (STUFF, 2/14).

Bournemouth applied to keep the South Stand at Vitality Stadium.

Premier League side Bournemouth put in an application for the temporary south stand at the Vitality Stadium to "remain in place," according to BT SPORT. Planning permission for the Ted MacDougall Stand -- constructed following the club's promotion to the League Championship in '13 -- "required it to be removed and the land restored within five years." With that deadline approaching, the club made a request to Bournemouth Borough Council for the condition to be removed in order to maximize attendances. Bournemouth CEO Neill Blake said that the application "would not affect the club’s long-term plans to move to a new ground" (BT SPORT, 2/14).

Former ManU player Gary Neville's plans to transform Manchester have "again been met with opposition" after hundreds of residents objected to proposals by ManU's "class of '92" to build a new sports university near Old Trafford Stadium. The opening of the institution, which is backed by Lancaster University and Trafford Council, was planned for Sept. '19, but hundreds of residents "objected to the takeover of green belt land and the disruption to local wildlife." Neville's latest idea "includes designs for three new turf football pitches, a cafe and a changing room on public land in Turn Moss" (London GUARDIAN, 2/14).

League of Ireland Premier Division side Derry City Chair Phil O'Doherty backed plans to rename the Brandywell Stadium after late club captain Ryan McBride. The 27-year-old player died suddenly in March '17. The Ryan McBride Foundation was established after his death and "proposed renaming the Londonderry stadium in his memory." O'Doherty said that he is "definitely supporting" the campaign group's proposal (BBC, 2/13).