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Volume 7 No. 79

Facilities

Delaware North will debut its new menu at Westpac Stadium during Saturday's test between the All Blacks and France.
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After "years of barbs over the quality and price of its culinary offerings," Wellington's Westpac Stadium "has fired up a new menu," according to Matt Stewart of STUFF. The stadium joined venues such as London's Wembley Stadium, Sydney Cricket Ground and Melbourne Park by enlisting global caterer Delaware North. That means, starting with the All Blacks vs. France test on Saturday, stadium punters "will be able to choose from 10 different burgers ranging from a classic cheeseburger and a pulled lamb burger" to the vegetarian "shroom stack" burger. The stadium "has also introduced fried chicken and smoked meat meals as well as cheaper family-friendly food," including a kids' chicken and chips for A$5 ($3.77). Chili dogs -- "a staple at many American sports stadiums -- have also found their way to Westpac Stadium, as have gluten-free nachos." Delaware North took over from previous stadium caterer Spotless in April "and has spent the past few months refining a new public menu" in partnership with the Wellington Hospitality Group (STUFF, 6/13).

One of the stands at League Championship side Swansea City's Liberty Stadium was renamed "as part of a link-up with a leading energy consultant." The South Stand, previously known as the LG Stand, will be known as the Energy Check Family Stand throughout the upcoming campaign. Energy Check will become the club's official energy consultancy partner, "providing the club and stadium with reduced utilities costs." The financial details of the agreement have not been disclosed (WALES ONLINE, 6/13).

Scottish Premiership side St. Mirren announced a four-year sponsorship deal in which the club's stadium will be renamed The Simple Digital Arena. The agreement "will bring in a six-figure sum" (HERALD SCOTLAND, 6/13).

Scottish Premiership side Rangers is set to rename its Auchenhowie base after "striking a deal" with kit manufacturer Hummel. The "state-of-the-art facility" was named after David Murray when it opened in '01 and was officially known as the Rangers Training Centre in recent years (HERALD SCOTLAND, 6/12).

The FA and the U.K. government will start a review into the ownership of football stadiums "to help protect the interests of English clubs." The review "will look across the pyramid -- with a focus on non-league clubs." It will establish the different types of stadium ownership and "highlight where there is a clear separation between clubs and owners" (BBC, 6/12).

Lancashire County Cricket Club is introducing a "multiple-use cup scheme to cut down on the 250,000 single-use cups used at Old Trafford every year." The cups will make their full debut when England plays Australia on June 24. Some social media users are "worried the move will kill the tradition of used cups being paraded through the stands in a long, winding collection" (BBC, 6/13).