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Ups and downs in facility projects January 2014

Building large public facilities like stadiums and arenas involves ups and downs for the developers, owners, local governments and communities in which they are being built. Here are some of last month’s ups and downs:

UP

Leicester’s mayor has backed a council-owned former gas works as a site for a new 2,000-seat arena for Leicester Riders basketball team.

 

UP and DOWN

Bristol City announced the club would proceed with its Ashton Gate stadium upgrade. But that also means its new stadium project will not go forward.

 

UP

ArenA das Dunas, the new FIFA 2014 World Cup stadium in Natal, Brazil, was successfully inaugurated by President Dilma. More than 450 stewards have received steward training based on the international standard that has been developed by Amsterdam ArenA. Among them were 146 underprivileged youngsters that participated in the project, which was coordinated by Plan.

 

DOWN

A space heater used by a work crew sparked a massive fire that destroyed much of Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids. A roof collapse destroyed one third of the concourse on the first base side and 11 to 12 skyboxes.

 

UP

Canadian communications and media company Rogers Communications has acquired the naming rights to the Edmonton Oilers’ new downtown arena, now Rogers Place, which will open in time for the 2016 National Hockey League season.

 

UP and DOWN

Coventry City showed plans for a new stadium (pictured) but fans continued to protest about the club’s move out of its home city to a temporary home after its dispute with Ricoh Arena.

 

UP

Stuart Hicken and Eddie Roberts, both well known in the motorcycle racing world, have formed a jointly-owned company – Real Motorsport Limited – to run the Mallory Park circuit on a day-to-day basis.