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Volume 7 No. 149


Inter, AC Milan have shared San Siro since '47.

Inter Milan and AC Milan agreed to a "memorandum of understanding" over plans to develop a stadium, according to GOAL. The clubs currently share Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, also known as San Siro, and have done so since '47. Inter and AC Milan, which are second and fourth in Serie A this season, respectively, "consider a new stadium essential for both fan bases and the long-term success for each team." The pair have "no intention of ending their sharing arrangement," as they have announced "plans to find a solution to their stadium question together." Among their options, redeveloping San Siro is "a possibility the clubs are considering." After meeting with Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala, they hope to finalize the first stage of their plans by the end of '18 (GOAL, 11/9).

ITALIAN UPGRADE: ANSA reported University of Salerno Rector Aurelio Tommasetti presented the plan for the upgrade of the field at the UNISA Pasquale Vittoria Stadium in Fisciano, Italy, for the 2019 Universiade World University Games, and said that work "would be completed within 201 days." The renovation work will cost about €802,000 ($901,600) and will be financed by the University of Salerno and the Regional Agency for the Universiade (ARU). The project includes the installation of a synthetic field, renovation of the track and field for the long jump and triple jump, renovation of the lighting system for the track and field and renovation of the locker rooms, with a new internal arrangement along the track (ANSA, 11/9).

Cricket NSW was forced to move from its Sydney Cricket Ground HQ to a new facility near Olympic Park "as a result of the Sydney Football Stadium rebuild," according to Chloe Hart of ABC NEWS. The new A$50M ($36M) facility will be at Wilson Park, next to Silverwater prison and the Parramatta River. Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones said, "Today is a momentous day for NSW cricket's 159-year history. We've never had a home that we manage and control, yet we've produced the best male and female cricketers in Australia." Cricket NSW's current training facilities next to the SCG at Moore Park will be demolished in January to make way for the new Sydney Football Stadium, which will be completed by '22. The NSW Government is investing A$30M ($21.6M) into the facility. The new facility will include a center for excellence, high-performance training center, administration facilities, gymnasium, "hot and cold recovery," 10 indoor cricket lanes, 67 outdoor practice wickets, a full-size, ICC-compliant oval and a junior field open to the public. Construction is due to be finished in '22 and between now and then, Cricket NSW "will have a temporary home at Olympic Park" (ABC NEWS, 11/12).

Early this week the NFL will see if work will be needed to improve the field conditions before the game

The NFL Kansas City Chiefs and L.A. Rams will face off in Mexico City next Monday, and there is "significant worry about the playing surface" at Estadio Azteca, according to Peter King of NBC SPORTS. The stadium features a "multi-use combined grass-and-synthetic surface used for soccer and concerts mostly," but that has been "made soupy by heavy rains in this year's rainy season." Recent photos of the field "look awful." The NFL early this week will "see if surgery will be needed on the field before the game" (NBC SPORTS, 11/12). PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Darin Gantt wrote as much as the NFL "wants to expand its international footprint," such logistical issues with stadiums it does not control are "legitimate concerns." The new Tottenham stadium in London was "built with the NFL in mind, with separate grass and synthetic fields for soccer and NFL games." However, there is "no such dedicated system in Mexico City, which is why the league is sending in the shock troops to make sure two of its best teams have an acceptable playing surface" (PRO FOOTBALL TALK, 11/12).