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Volume 7 No. 84

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Montevideo's Centenario stadium could be demolished, but 100m tower will be maintained.
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Uruguay may demolish the historic Centenario stadium "as part of its bid to host the 2030 World Cup," according to the AP. Uruguay Sports Secretary Fernando Cáceres said that "six projects were being considered for a new stadium." The Centenario was built in 1930 to host the first World Cup. In all six projects, the existing 100m tower would be maintained as a tribute to Uruguayan teams that won the Gold Medals at the 1924 and 1928 Olympics. Cáceres said that the Centenario "cannot resist any longer because its maintenance is very costly and is not adapted to modern sporting entertainment." The stadium hosts Uruguay matches and also games for the two biggest clubs in the country, Peñarol and Nacional. Those two teams, however, do not "play there regularly." Cáceres said that up to $300M could be invested for a new Centenario and a decision on a new project "could be made within four months" (AP, 4/12).

petition demanding the return of standing to the Premier League is halfway toward "forcing MPs to consider a parliamentary debate on the matter." Having attracted "barely" 5,000 signatures since being posted on the parliament.uk website in December, the call for safe standing areas to be allowed in the top flight and League Championship topped 50,000 on Saturday, three days after U.K. Sports Minister Tracey Crouch claimed only a “vocal minority” wanted them. After passing 10,000 signatures, the petition is entitled to a response from the U.K. government, while 100,000 signatures "would see it considered for debate in parliament" (London TELEGRAPH, 4/14).

Cycling fans can own "a piece of history" as the original track from the Manchester Velodrome is on sale. Planks of the Siberian spruce, which are being replaced, have been donated to recycling charity Emerge (BBC, 4/15).