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Cleveland Cavaliers’ owner, Dan Gilbert, and Detroit Pistons executive Arn Tellem, have revealed plans for a US$1bn investment at Wayne County’s unfinished jail site for a 25,000-seat Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium and other developments, including restaurants, hotel rooms and a commercial office tower.

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Cagliari City Council has finally approved planning permission for a new 21,000-seat stadium for Italian Serie B club Cagliari this week.

This ‘yes’ is the first crucial step towards construction of the new stadium, which the club is set to invest €55m (£44.5m/US$62.6m) into and in turn, hopes to sell the stadium’s naming rights to recoup some of this investment.

When announcing approval of the project, the Council cited the huge amount of positive public interest in the proposal as one of the main drivers for green-lighting the new stadium.

Thanks to this week’s vote, the project can now ‘officially’ kick off the process that will lead to the realisation of #lanostraCasa; an innovative project that focuses on the area, sport and the fans, and is notable for the redevelopment of the area, while delivering the highest standards of service, safety and environmental friendliness.

The club’s current Sant’Elia stadium is due to be demolished in May 2017 and the new structure – be compliant with UEFA Category 4 requirements – to built in its place and delivered by June 2019.

Cagliari Calcio is aiming to develop a new, modern, safe and sustainable stadium, together with a commercial area, creating an attractive complementary area adjacent to Cagliari’s city centre and the Mediterranean Sea. The stadium itself will include a fanshop, a museum, a ticketing centre, a dedicated kids area, Club offices, a conference centre, rooms for Cagliari Calcio youth players, some luxury rooms for first team players and one restaurant included in the hospitality area.

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The hospitality area will be 4,000sqm, located in the main stand, which will also feature more than 15 skyboxes, as well as one roof-top restaurant with pitch views and one club (skybar) with sea views.

The additional commercial area development (c.15,000sqm) will include a shopping mall, a Cagliari Calcio-branded sports bar, a sports medical and physiotherapy centre with wellness area and a sports centre.

Moreover, in front of the new stadium’s main stand, there will be: one training ground for 11 x 11 football, one for 7 x 7  football and one for 5-a-side football, together with two multifunctional sporting grounds for basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc., and a boxing and martial arts gym. These facilities will be available to the Club and to the local community.

New parking places will be created and the entire Sant’Elia area will be regenerated considering that the Municipality is currently pursuing multiple projects in order to improve the life quality of the neighbourhood.

Cagliari Calcio has developed the entire project with the support of B Futura, the infrastructural platform of Lega B, created precisely in order to assist Clubs throughout every steps of a new stadium development process.

B Futura works with a team of highly qualified partners providing advice in every aspect of the project. Those partners, all leaders in their markets, are: The Stadium Consultancy, McDermott Will&Emery, Repucom, Larry Smith, Eos Consulting Spa and Iniziativa.

The Head of B Futura, Lorenzo Santoni, said regarding the Cagliari City Council’s approval:

The project of the new Sant’Elia stadium is the first in Italy that follows the new Law 147 of 2013 iter, a Law that provides defined and certain timing of every phase of project development. The Council approval represents an important signal in a country, as Italy, that wants and need to renovate its sport venues. The hope is that Cagliari stadium example will represents an incentive for the other projects B Futura is developing with the municipalities and football Clubs of Pescara, Avellino, Crotone and Como.

 

This YouTube video shows some stunning pictures of the planned project.

 

Forest Green Rovers (FGR FC) have launched an international competition to design them an iconic new football stadium.

The new stadium will be the centrepiece of the GBP£100m development dubbed Eco Park – a 100-acre sports and green technology business park proposal beside junction 13 of the M5 in Gloucestershire – which is being proposed by green energy company Ecotricity.

Dale Vince, FGR Chairman, said:

This is the start of a very exciting process for us – we’ll be looking for radical, fan-focused stadium designs.

Sustainability will be key: we expect that to run through the core of the design, as through a stick of rock.

There are two aspects of that sustainability – first, it’s about sustainable construction, in terms of the material used, and second, it’s about the long term operational stability of the stadium.

We’re starting with a blank sheet of paper. We’ve taken the sustainability concept as far as we could at The New Lawn, our current stadium, and we learned a lot at the same time about what’s possible in a retrofit situation – now we want to push the boundaries with a design from scratch.

The competition will be held in three stages – after the initial entries, the judges will select a shortlist of eight designers, who’ll be asked to produce concepts. From these, FGR will select two finalists, who will be awarded an honorarium – and they will work up their ideas in further detail, including the production of a scale model. The winning design will be unveiled in September.

Half of Eco Park will consist of state-of-the-art sporting facilities, including the new stadium, grass and all-weather training pitches, multi-disciplinary facilities that will be open to the public, and a sports science hub. The other half will comprise a green technology business park with sustainably-built commercial offices and light industrial units, giving Eco Park the potential to create up to 4,000 jobs, including room for the continued expansion of Ecotricity, which is already the biggest employer in Stroud with 700 people located across four sites in the town centre.

The final element of the proposal is a nature reserve located on the west side of the M5. The overall concept also includes the potential development of a public transport hub, including a Stroud Park & Ride, and will also see Ecotricity help with the restoration of the Stroudwater canal under the M5.

Vince continued:

Eco Park is going to be a place where green businesses and technology companies come together and share ideas, a real focal point of creativity and innovation for the area – and a part of the green industrial revolution that’s beginning to take off around the world.

While there can only be one winner of the competition, we expect to find good people through the process who we might work with on the business park too – so this competition should lead to further opportunities for radical sustainable designs.

Design competition notes:

The club has appointed Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP), one of the UK’s leading sports stadia experts, to oversee the competition.

The brief challenges architects to design a winning entry that will be “bold and innovative and designed to the highest architectural and sustainability standards,” as well as “sustainable and future-proof”.

Entrants have until the end of April to make their initial submission.

For further entry and competition details, interested parties should email: ecoparkcomp@fwp.uk.com

FC Barcelona has announced that the Espai Barça jury has unanimously selected the bid by Nikken Sekkei + Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes as the winner of the tender for the design of the new Camp Nou. The jury, made up of five FCB members, three members of the Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC) and one member of Barcelona City Council, made its decision after a review of the different proposals by a technical commission in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations and requirements for the tender. The decision was made at a meeting held on Tuesday afternoon in the Ricard Maxenchs Press Room at Camp Nou.

The jury commented that the “Nikken Sekkei + Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes proposal stands out for being open, elegant, serene, timeless Mediterranean and democratic”.

They also said that it is “notable for its relationship with the environment, providing depth, creating shadows and making members the stars of the facade and of the open area at all times”.

The jury went on to say that the “proposal presents a very subtle attempt to intervene in the environment to facilitate circulation and achieve diverse urban usage in the Barça Campus and guarantees a clear and safe construction”.

And in conclusion, they said “In short, it is a unique solution, reproducing the characteristic vision of the grandstand and canopy, from the inside out, a silent and powerful tribute to the stadium built by Francesc Mitjans in 1957”.

International Architectural Tender

Last June 5 brought the start of the the International Architectural Tender to select the projects for the new Camp Nou and the new Palau Blaugrana. The bidding process began with the publication of the regulations and selection criteria. The tender was run over two phases and was conducted in collaboration with the Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya.

The jury was made up of five members of FC Barcelona, four from the Board of Directors and one architect; three members of the Col·legi d’Arquitectes; and one representative of Barcelona City Council. The FC Barcelona members of the Espai Barça jury were Josep Maria Bartomeu, Susana Monje, Jordi Moix, Emili Rousaud and architect Juan Pablo Mitjans. The Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC) was represented by its dean Lluís Comeron, and architects Arcadi Pla and Joan Forgas, while the Council was represented by its assistant city planning manager, Aurora López.

The first phase of the tender involved the pre-qualification of the different teams on the basis of the regulations and selection criteria. A total of 45 teams initially presented bids, 26 for the new Camp Nou and 19 for the new Palau, along with their credentials and evidence of their experience of similar projects.

In September 2015, the Espai Barça jury and technical committee selected, from the original 26 candidatures, eight teams for the definitive tender for the new Camp Nou. The teams had to be composed of one international studio and one local one, and had to base their proposals on the list of conditions published by the technical commission overseeing the tender, which was made up of the Espai Barça technical board, led by the director of the Patrimonial Area, William T. Mannarelli, and two architects from the Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).

The team formed by NIKKEN SEKKEI + Joan Pascual i Ramon Ausió Arquitectes was duly selected ahead of bids by: AECOM + B720 Arquitectes, AFL + Mateo Arquitectura, Arup Sport + Taller d’Arquitectura Ricardo Bofill, BIG + IDOM + BAAS Arquitectes, GENSLER Sport + OAB, HKS + COX + Batlle i Roig Arquitectes and POPULOUS + Mias Arquitectes + RCR Arquitectes.

The new Camp Nou

Work on the new Camp Nou is scheduled to start in the 2017/18 season and end in the 2021/22 season.

The design criteria states that all seats must be covered and protected from adverse weather conditions, the new roof must measure more than 47,000sqm and all seats must have a perfect view of the pitch, with the first tier being made steeper. Hospitality facilities will also be improved and new hi-tech LED screens added.

The winning team

The Japanese Nikken Sekkei company has been around for over 100 years and is one of Asia’s leading architectural and engineering studios. This company designed the Saitama Super Arena, the Big Swan Stadium in Niigata and the Tokyo Dome, all in Japan. This team is working with the Catalan studio Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes headed by Joan Pascual and Ramon Ausió, who have a long and proven history of experience in Barcelona involving residential buildings, office blocks and hotels, such as Hotel Diagonal Zero.

The Espai Barça sports district

The high-profile renovation is the biggest component of an ambitious €600m (US$651.9m, £467.4m) sports district called Espai Barça, which also includes the New Palau Balgrana multi-use arena, designed by US architects HOK.

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FC Barcelona has presented its proposal for a new Espai Barça, which aims to provide the biggest and best sports facility that the world has ever seen in a city centre.

The New Palau Blaugrana was presented at the 1899 Auditorium, where the President of FC Barcelona Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke about the innovative project.

The current Palau is famous for its nights of glory and great comebacks, and so the Club President was quick to assure that the new stadium will maintain its terrific atmosphere.

The President said that “it is designed to remain a cauldron”, which is a prominent characteristic felt by both players and fans alike in the current court. He also stated his delight with the final design as being “a global renovation project and improvement of the FC Barcelona facilities”.

The New Palau will be “unique, innovative and an architectural jewel” which will hold everything necessary “to help us complete our objective of becoming the biggest sporting club in the world”.

This is a project that will benefit all of the club’s teams, said the President, “in order to maintain and improve their positions of excellence and their sporting successes”.

Bartomeu also confirmed his pride in the construction of the project, saying that “we are building the Espai Barça with transparency and looking after the environment, for persons with reduced mobility and for the benefit of our immediate surroundings”.

Daring but sensible

Director of the Espai Barça commission Jordi Moix also lended his thoughts on the project:

We want to make the New Palau daringly, but also sensibly and with common sense. The first thing we ask is that the atmosphere of the current Palau is maintained.

In addition, Moix stated that, given that the New Palau is being built on the site of the current Miniestadi both the New Miniestadi and the New Palau are overlapping projects

Therefore, until the New Miniestadi is built, work will not begin on the New Palau, which is scheduled for 2017. He also said that selling the naming rights of the stadium could fund the project.

Capacity and atmosphere of the New Palau

The mass social interest in professional sports is high. Therefore, Moix believes “we have the sufficient facilities to cover around 10,000 seats”.

However, the New Palau is designed to be flexible. Through retractable seating, it can reach a capacity of 12,000 spectators.

To maintain its famous atmosphere of the current Palau, Gascón from TAC Arquitectes, assured that they will work hard on the proximity of the fans and the acoustic effect.

John Rhodes from HOK Architecture, on his part, said:

We will create an arena with energy that provides a unique experience for European fans.

Winning bid

The bid by HOK + TAC Arquitectes is remarkably innovative with its concept of a multi-functional Palau, and is also outstanding for its permeability, flexibility and personality. With organic geometry, it offers a fine sequence between the Palau, annex court, ice rink and the FCB Escola facilities. The winning team is currently working together with the Barça technical teams and the Barcelona City Council to make further specifications and work further on the integration of the new installations with the rest of the Espai Barça and the city.

HOK Architecture is one of the most important firms in the United States in terms of architecture and engineering, with experience of all kinds of projects, all around the world. HOK developed the American Airlines Arena in Miami, the Nationwide Arena in Ohio and the Stockton Arena in California. The team also has the experience of being the architects behind the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

Locally, Eduard Gascón of TAC Arquitectes leads a solid team with extensive experience of the development of all kinds of projects in Barcelona, such as the award winning Parc del Turó de Can Mates, the Technology Centre in Manresa and different office buildings in Barcelona.

The HOK + TAC Arquitectes bid overcame fellow bids from Pattern Architects + Massip-Bosch Arquitectes, GMP + GCA Arquitectes, Make + BCQ Arquitectes, Francisco Mangado Arquitectos + Bach Arquitectes + R. Sanabria Arquitectes + I. Paricio and Wilkinson Eyre Architects + Alonso Balaguer Riera Arquitectes.

The NFL’s San Diego Chargers announced the appointment of Fred Maas as Special Advisor to Chargers’ Chairman Dean Spanos last week. Maas will advise in regards to the team’s Stadium Initiative Project, following their decision to stay in their home city for the upcoming season.

Both the Chargers and Oakland Raiders had been eyeing a possible move to Los Angeles, as reported in the Showcase Special edition, as had the St. Louis Rams; now the Los Angeles Rams, following NFL owners approval for the team to move to the Southern California city for the start of the 2016 season, ending the League’s 21-year absence in the United States’ second-largest TV market.

The Rams, who have won one Super Bowl since leaving Los Angeles in 1995 for St. Louis, will play their home games at the Los Angeles Coliseum until their USD$1.86bn stadium in Inglewood, roughly 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles, is complete.

The Inglewood stadium project will be privately-financed, making it a steep buy-in for the Chargers; who will have an option to move in with the Rams next year. If the two teams cannot work out a deal, then the Raiders will be given the next option to work out a deal with the Rams.

Mr. Maas, the former Chairman of San Diego’s Centre City Development Corporation, will advise Spanos and the Chargers on the Citizens’ Initiative process, including the exploration of possible stadium financing plans that would be publicly acceptable, the drafting of the initiative document, and the creation of the campaign infrastructure necessary to give the Citizens’ Initiative the best possible chance of success.

Mr. Maas will be working closely with an established team of legal, financial and land use advisors.

As for the Oakland Raiders, they announced last Thursday that they have reached a one-year lease extension agreement, keeping the team in the San Francisco Bay Area city for the upcoming NFL season.

Raiders Owner Mark Davis told a news conference that its agreement with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority also includes one-year extension options for the following two years to stay at the O.co Coliseum, which was built in 1966 and renovated for USD$120m in 1995.

 

 

About Fred Maas

Fred Maas

Fred Maas

Fredric Maas is currently the President and Managing Director of MRV Systems LLC, a manufacturer of marine robotic vehicles for the oceanographic, intelligence and defense industries, and is the Founder and CEO of Pacific EcoCompanies LLC, an investment and advisory firm focused on clean technologies and sustainable development. He previously served as a Principal in the real estate and land development business. In that capacity, he was a partner at Potomac Sports Properties, exclusive developer of the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Player Club communities, and was the developer of Black Mountain Ranch in the city of San Diego, site of the Santaluz and Del Sur neighbourhoods.

He also served as the Chairman and CEO of the Centre City Development Corporation, downtown San Diego’s redevelopment arm, for several years during its tenure, and served as Mayor Jerry Sanders advisor on a downtown sports and entertainment district. For the past 30 years, he has served as a consultant and advisor to numerous political campaigns for federal, state and local offices.

FC Barcelona has announced that the Espai Barça jury has selected the bid by the HOK + TAC Arquitectes team as the winner of the architectural tender for the New Palau Blaugrana. The jury, formed by five members of FCB, three members of the Collegi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC) and one member of Barcelona City Council, made their decision after a careful study of the different proposals, carried out by a technical commission, in accordance with specifically established regulations and the requirements of the tender process.

The bid by HOK + TAC Arquitectes is remarkably innovative with its concept of a multi-functional Palau, and is also outstanding for its permeability, flexibility and personality. With organic geometry, it offers a fine sequence between the Palau, annex court, ice rink and the FCB Escola facilities. The winning team will now commence working together with the Barça technical teams and the Barcelona City Council to make further specifications and work further on the integration of the new installations with the rest of the Espai Barça and the city.HOK Architecture is one of the most important firms in the United States in terms of architecture and engineering, with experience of all kinds of projects, all around the world. HOK developed the American Airlines Arena in Miami, the Nationwide Arena in Ohio and the Stockton Arena in California. The team also has the experience of being the architects behind the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

Locally, Eduard Gascón of TAC Arquitectes leads a solid team with extensive experience of the development of all kinds of projects in Barcelona, such as the award winning Parc del Turó de Can Mates, the Technology Centre in Manresa and different office buildings in Barcelona.

The duo overcame rival bids from Pattern Architects + Massip-Bosch Arquitectes, GMP + GCA Arquitectes, MAKE + BCQ Arquitectes, Francisco Mangado Arquitectos + Bach Arquitectes + R. Sanabria Arquitectes + I. Paricio and Wilkinson Eyre Architects + Alonso Balaguer Riera Arquitectes. The jury congratulated all of the entrants for the high level and quality of the different bids presented for tender.

The New Palau Blaugrana

The work on the New Palau Blaugrana is expected to start in the 2017/18 season and end in the 2019/20 season. The complex on which it will stand is on the current site of the Miniestadi, next to the new Camp Nou station on Metro Line 9, and will have three areas that can operate independently. One is the huge multi-purpose pavilion, with the capacity for 10,000 spectators at sports events. The others are an auxiliary court with a capacity of 2,000 and the other is a complementary ice rink.

The capacity of 10,000 meets the requirements of the Euroleague basketball competition and the seats will be arranged to be right next to the court, thus fostering a veritable ‘wave effect’.

Spectator Services

The New Palau will have wide areas that are easily accessed and conditioned for all services that spectators might require, and will be fully adapted for persons with reduced mobility.

The requirements included the need for the main and auxiliary courts to be located on the same level, with shared locker rooms and services for athletes, with each sports section having its own compact area including all necessary services, and for there to be 18 VIP boxes and two ‘skybars’ with views of the court, one of which can also function as a restaurant. It also needs to have a 200 m2 pressroom with work areas and specific services, and for access to the court to be via three tunnels to assist with assembly and disassembly of operations for different matches and other events.

The presentation of the New Palau Blaugrana construction project will take place at a public event to be held over the next few weeks.

Espai Barça

The FC Barcelona members unanimously approved the New Espai Barça, the project to transform the Club’s facilities, including the Camp Nou, Palau Blaugrana and Miniestadi. 72.36% of members gave the ‘green light’ to the remodelling and construction of the FC Barcelona premises at this site at a referendum held on 5 April 2014.

The tenders to select the architectonic projects for the construction of the New Camp Nou and New Palau Blaugrana, which began last June 5, entered the second phase with the selection of the shortlist of candidates, and the period for them to present their architectonic proposals for each installation.

The jury selected eight teams which were mainly made up of one international and one local studio each, to prepare their proposals for the New Camp Nou, and another six teams to do the same for the New Palau Blaugrana, in accordance with the recommendations made by the technical commission, made up of the Espai Barça team and two architects from the COAC.

A total of 45 teams took part in the first round of the tender, who had to present their credentials and experience of similar projects. The jury and the Espai Barça technical committee then selected the finalists, who were presented with guidelines showing all of the information required to put their projects together, along with the regulations and criteria for the second phase and all of the documentation compiled by the Espai Barça during the last year of work.

The New Camp Nou

Over the next few weeks, the jury is set to announce the winner of the project for the New Camp Nou. The eight candidates are as follows: AECOM + B720 Arquitectes, Arup Sport + Taller d’Arquitectura Ricardo Bofill, BIG + IDOM + BAAS Arquitectes, Gensler Sport + OAB, HKS + COX + Batlle i Roig Arquitectes, KSS + Mateo Arquitectura, Nikken Sekkei + Joan Pascual i Ramon Ausió Arquitectes and Populous + MIAS Arquitectes + RCR Arquitectes.

The New Miniestadi

The Batlle i Roig Arquitectes studio won the tender for the New Miniestadi, which ended last May, and will be built at the Ciutat Esportiva training ground for a cost of 12 million euros. The Batlle i Roig Arquitectes studio, which had already taken part in the architectonic design of the Ciutat Esportiva, has designed a New Miniestadi in keeping with the requirements of the tender. It will have the capacity for 6,000 spectators, adapted to UEFA category III, with covered terraces, 600 parking spaces and independently functioning from the Ciutat Esportiva. It is scheduled for opening in June 2017.

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Image of the inside of the New Palau Blaugrana.

 

 

Images courtesy: FC Barcelona.

Main image: Panoramic image of the New Palau Blaugrana.

According to the Sports Business Journal, the NFL’s Washington Redskins have hired Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to design the team a new stadium.

If this report is indeed true, this would signify the first step in the team’s journey to depart FedEx Field (pictured above) in order to relocate to a new bespoke stadium somewhere else in the region.

BIG made headlines last year when it was selected to design Google’s futuristic greenhouse-style HQ-campus in Mountain View, California. The firm is also working with the Smithsonian on a 20-year master plan for museums on the National Mall.

According to team sources, firms with experience of designing NFL stadiums were also considered, however it was BIG that won out in the end.

The Redskins have been trying to garner support from local elected officials for a new stadium location for the last 12 months; this is despite the fact that the team’s lease at FedEx Field does not expire until 2027.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has pitched the team on locations in Loudoun County along the unbuilt second leg of Metro’s Silver Line, and the team hired lobbyists from McGuire Woods to advance support for a stadium among state legislators. D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) meanwhile has enquired with federal officials controlling the land beneath RFK Stadium about building a new stadium there.

According to a piece in the Washington Post, Christopher S. Dunlavey, President of the D.C.-based planning and architectural firm Brailsford & Dunlavey, which worked on Nationals Park, commented that the selection of BIG represents “a very interesting and different kind of choice” because of the firm’s “splashy work on an assortment of other projects and only recent foray into sports”.

Dunlavey added:

People involved in building stadiums are usually very reliant on the firms who have demonstrated a strong record in understanding sports sites. BIG is known very well for very innovative architecture and design, but they haven’t been known for that kind of expertise.

MLS side, D.C. United, have released new renderings of the Populous-designed soccer stadium on its Buzzard Point site. The renderings feature a partial roof over the stands, in a stadium that is expected to have a capacity of between 18,000 to 23,000.

Populous Senior Principals Jon Knight and Joe Spear have said that they “wanted to create a stadium that would bring fans close to the action”.

The Club’s new home may be several years away from completion, but the latest renderings show what can be expected from the Buzzard Point project; with the new stadium expected to open in 2018.

The new facility will be within walking distance of the home of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals and the Navy Yard Ballpark station of the Washington Metro.

The city and club announced in September that the city had filed for eminent domain to acquire several acred of land Buzzard Point to be used for the new stadium.

The Club has been playing out of RFK Stadium since its inception in 1996 and will continue to do so until the new stadium is complete.

Images courtesy: Populous

Images courtesy: Populous

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Following a vote from National Football League owners, the NFL’s St. Louis Rams have officially been approved to return to the greater Los Angeles area and will do so for the 2016 NFL season. The team had previously called Los Angeles ‘home’ from 1946-1994.

Rams owner, E. Stanley Kroenke, said:

This has been the most difficult process of my professional career. While we are excited about the prospect of building a new stadium in Inglewood, California, this is bitter sweet. St. Louis is a city known for its incredibly hard-working, passionate and proud people. Being part of the group that brought the NFL back to St. Louis in 1995 is one of the proudest moments of my professional career. Reaching two Super Bowls and winning one are things all St. Louisans should always treasure.
 
While there understandably has been emotionally charged commentary regarding our motives and intentions, the speculation is not true and unfounded. I am a Missouri native named after two St. Louis sports legends who I was fortunate enough to know on a personal level. This move isn’t about whether I love St. Louis or Missouri. I do and always will. No matter what anyone says, that will never change. This decision is about what is in the best long-term interests of the Rams organization and the National Football League. We have negotiated in good faith with the Regional Sports Authority for more than a decade trying to find a viable and sustainable solution. When it became apparent that we might not be able to reach an agreement, it was then and only then that we looked at alternatives.
 
We would like to thank the National Football League, its owners, and the Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities for their diligence and dedication. We look forward to returning to Los Angeles and building a world-class NFL entertainment district in Inglewood.

The Rams could be joined by the Chargers, who have a one-year option to decide if they want to relocate and join the Rams in Inglewood.

According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the Chargers will have up until the conclusion of the owners meetings (March 20-23) to decide if they’re playing in L.A. or San Diego in 2016. The window creates the possibility – however slight – that the Chargers could remain in San Diego. The city is hosting a June vote for USD$350m in public funding toward a new facility to replace Qualcomm Stadium. It is possible that the Chargers will put off a final decision until that vote takes place.

The Raiders – the third team that had L.A. aspirations – withdrew their application for relocation on Tuesday and will work with the League toward a stadium solution, most likely in Oakland. If the Chargers do not exercise their option to move to Los Angeles, the Raiders will have a one-year option to join the Rams in Inglewood.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said during a Tuesday night news conference that the league will provide USD$100m to both the Chargers and the Raiders if they remain in their current home markets.

 

Image courtesy: St. Louis Rams

Tottenham Hotspur FC (‘Spurs’) announced yesterday, December 17, that the London Borough of Haringey Planning Sub-Committee has resolved to grant their application for the revised plans for the Northumberland Development Project, the Club’s new stadium scheme.

Daniel Levy, Chairman, said:

This marks yet another milestone in what has been a long and often difficult path. We are grateful to all those who expressed their support for the scheme. It is crucial that we now clear the final steps in the legal process. The application is due to be considered by the Mayor early next week.

As we made clear at the start of last night’s proceedings, the originally consented scheme is no longer feasible for a variety of reasons.

This new scheme carries enormous public benefits and will play a key role in kick-starting place change, bringing exceptional opportunities for the local community and wider stakeholders. We are very proud to be part of this important step forward for an area that has been our home for more than 130 years and where we shall continue to live and play our part.

Objections had initially been raised due to the size of the planned 61,000-seat stadium – which will replace the existing White Hart Lane ground – but the council reached a majority verdict on all three applications.

The vote was seen as the last major hurdle for the Club to clear. While the plans must still be formally approved by the London Mayor’s office, Mayor Boris Johnson has previously expressed his approval for the project.

Last month, the Club announced it had appointed Mace to create the pre-construction plans for the stadium, which is expected to be completed by 2018, in time for the start of the 2018-19 English Premier League (EPL) season.

Special design features will allow the stadium to host two National Football League (NFL) games each season under a 10-year partnership signed with the League back in July.

Spurs are also planning to establish an entertainment district around the venue, with plans for an 180-room hotel, an extreme sports centre, a “Sky Walk” adrenaline attraction on the roof of the stadium and a “Tottenham Experience” – a permanent visitor attraction and museum charting the Club’s history. There will also be 579 new homes, a new community health centre, and improved street infrastructure to better deal with crowd management issues.

Sports architects Populous have been appointed to design the stadium, the hotel and the visitor attractions, with Allies & Morrison responsible for designing the new homes. Donald Insall Associates have then been named as heritage architects.

Image courtesy: Populous/Tottenham Hotspur

AFC Wimbledon confirmed today that Merton Council has approved the club’s plans to build a new stadium in the borough.

Speaking after the planning committee meeting at Merton Civic Centre, AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive Erik Samuelson, said:

We are all absolutely delighted. This has been a momentous day for our club and the most important event since we reformed it 13 years ago.

Following the sale of our former Plough Lane site and the decision by the FA to allow Wimbledon FC’s Football League place to be moved to Milton Keynes, our fans did something unprecedented in the football world – we decided to re-form the club, enter the football hierarchy at the lowest level and repeat what the old Wimbledon FC did with massive success, namely make our way up through the many leagues into the Football League.

We started with nothing, no team, no stadium, no manager, not even a strip to wear.  But what was different this time was that the club was formed by and remains owned by the fans, in other words we are firmly rooted in our community. 

We have never lost sight of that and so we have focused the majority of our community works on Merton because this is our home and we are delighted that we have been granted planning approval to return to Wimbledon.

On behalf of the club and our supporters, we would like to place on record our thanks to Merton’s councillors who have demonstrated their support for our club and our work by supporting us to come home.

Galliard Homes Director, Mike Watson, said:

We are delighted to have received planning permission to redevelop this important brownfield site. Alongside AFC Wimbledon’s new stadium, we will be providing 602 new high quality homes, a new squash and fitness facility and a retail unit. These new homes will make a significant contribution towards Merton’s own minimum 10 year target for new homes and the regeneration of this part of Merton.

Read more at http://www.afcwimbledon.co.uk/news/article/go-ahead-for-new-stadium-2845699.aspx#aOweDDylQm7wcO6X.99

 

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Major League Soccer (MLS) owners gave support for former England captain David Beckham’s proposed Miami franchise on Saturday, a day after the team’s owners said they had secured a site for a stadium.

The Miami Beckham United bid said on Friday they had found land to build their proposed stadium in the Overtown neighbourhood, close to transport links.

The MLS Board of Governors, who met on Saturday, gave tacit approval to the Miami team joining the League, with it planning to expand to 24 teams by 2020.

MLS Commissioner, Don Garber, said in a statement on Saturday:

We are very supportive of Miami Beckham United’s plans to build a soccer stadium in the City of Miami’s Overtown neighbourhood.

Their vision for a world-class venue within the urban core that is accessible by mass transportation is impressive, and we believe it will be an important part of the continued revitalisation of the area.

We look forward to working with David and his partners to finalise plans to bring Major League Soccer to Miami.

Atlanta, Los Angeles and Minnesota are joining the League in the next three years. Miami were “one step closer” of becoming the 24th team, MLS said.

MLS, however, opened a further avenue for Beckham’s consortium if they are unable to meet the 2020 expansion plans, with a desire to further expand the league to 28 teams.

Garber said:

There is no shortage of demand for MLS expansion teams and we believe the opportunity exists to grow beyond our current plans.

We will evaluate how to grow the league to 28 teams and establish a process and timeline for future expansion.

Possible markets for further teams include St. Louis, San Antonio, Detroit, San Diego and Sacramento, who already have stadium plans and investors in place.

 

(Reporting by Reuters’ Ben Everill in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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Continuing the development process of its future Major League Soccer (MLS) home, Minnesota United FC announced Populous as the lead architect for the new soccer stadium at the Snelling and I-94 site, generally known as the ‘Midway’. Populous has worked on many of the top sports facilities – from training venues to Olympic stadiums – throughout the world.

Nick Rogers, President of Minnesota United FC, said:

We are very pleased to formalise our relationship with Populous, a global leader in stadium design. We have been having conversations with Bruce Miller and his team over the past two years, and have every confidence that they are the right group to help us realise our vision of a world-class soccer stadium in the Twin Cities.

The Kansas City-based sports architecture firm – recognised for its focus on environmentally-sustainable projects – is a world leader in stadium design and event-based projects. Populous has created world-class soccer stadiums for top-tier clubs throughout the world, including Sporting KC (USA), Olympique Lyonnais (France), Tottenham Hotspur (UK), Arsenal (UK), C.F. Monterrey (Mexico), and the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Stadium in Johannesburg.

Populous was the lead architect on local several local stadium projects – including Target Field and TCF Bank Stadium – which have received national recognition for enhancing sporting events by creating environments that draw people and communities together. Some of their other impressive projects include Wimbledon’s Main Stadium, the stadiums for the 2000 Sydney and 2012 London Olympic Games, the new Yankee Stadium in New York City, as well as renovation projects for Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, Camden Yards in Baltimore and Wembley Stadium in London.

Bruce Miller, Senior Principal at Populous and lead architect for Minnesota United’s new stadium, said:

It’s an honour to have the opportunity to design another memorable sports experience for the Twin Cities. Major League Soccer has found a great home in St. Paul and our design team is excited about the opportunities to create a mixed-use entertainment destination that will thrive year-round.  The site’s central location, access to public transit and exposure on I-94 make it a model site for a Major League Soccer venue. As a building block in growing the Minnesota United brand, the stadium will become the heart and soul of soccer in the northern Midwest.

In addition to the state-of-the-art completed projects, Populous is currently in the process of designing the new stadium for Orlando City SC (MLS).

Minnesota United was awarded an MLS franchise earlier this year in a highly competitive process that put Minneapolis – St. Paul ahead of other major markets in the United States. The club later announced its commitment to building a new, privately-financed soccer stadium at the Snelling-Midway site in St. Paul. The Stadium is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.

Further information about United’s future home can be accessed by visiting newstpaulstadium.com.