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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has given final approval for the GBP£400m development of Tottenham Hotspur’s new White Hart Lane stadium.

The North London club’s revised plans will see a new 61,000-seater stadium – designed by world-renowned architecture firm, Populous – built on the site of their current home and features a retractable pitch to host not only football, but two American Football games a season. The stadium, which has a current capacity of 36,000, will also host other international sports events and concerts.

Tottenham’s ambitious plans also include new public space to host dedicated events programmes, a 180-bed hotel, sports and health centre and the Grade II listed Warmington House will be transformed into an interactive club museum. There will also be 585 new homes built on the site with a minimum of GBP£48.4m secured from the residential development towards the White Hart Lane stadium improvements.

Londoners will also benefit from a ‘sky walk’ attraction, which will allow visitors to climb the exterior of the south stand allowing views across the capital.

The improvements to White Hart Lane are at the epicentre of the Mayor’s ongoing regeneration of Tottenham. City Hall has invested GBP£28m from the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund and the London Enterprise Panel to regenerate the area, which includes investment to rejuvenate Tottenham High Road, to deliver new highways and parking improvements, upgrades to Tottenham Hale station and investment in employment and training support.

Haringey Council gave outline planning permission for the redevelopment plans in December and now the Mayor has given his seal of approval, which it’s hoped will now put the club on track to complete the works in time to move back into the stadium for the start of the 2018/19 season.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said:

White Hart Lane is already an iconic stadium, steeped in history, and the new venue will not only almost double its capacity, but provide world-class facilities to watch Premier League football, international sports events and concerts in the heart of the capital.

The stadium will also be the focal point of a major drive to regenerate Tottenham, breathing new life into the area, creating jobs and boosting growth.

Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, said:

This marks yet another major milestone for this vital and complex scheme and we are grateful to the Mayor for his ongoing support. We remain focused on completing the final stages of the planning process.

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 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.

Haringey Council Leader, Claire Kober, said:

The redevelopment of White Hart Lane and our work to bring new jobs and homes to Tottenham will improve the quality of life for thousands of our residents.

The new stadium will put Haringey on the international stage with Premier League football and NFL games being broadcast around the world helping to attract further investment and significantly boosting business opportunities.


Image courtesy: Populous

The New South Wales (NSW) Government has confirmed that it will invest more than AUS$1bn on building new and redeveloping existing stadiums across Sydney over the next decade, with the first project being a new 30,000-seat stadium in Parramatta.

NSW Premier, Mike Baird, said Sydney needed world-class sporting venues and that the investment would ensure fans and sporting teams had the facilities they deserved. He added:

Our first priority is building a new 30,000-seat stadium at Parramatta on the site of the existing facility, with work to begin as soon as possible and construction expected to be completed by 2019.

This huge investment in our stadia will boost our capacity to attract big ticket events to NSW, as well as create and support thousands of jobs.

Along with the Parramatta stadium, other upgrades and new stadiums will include:

  • A new rectangular stadium at Moore Park with 50,000 to 55,000 seats
  • The redevelopment of Stadium Australia, which could include a retractable roof
  • A new indoor arena near the CBD
  • A new outer western Sydney sporting venue
  • Completion of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) upgrade*

AUS$600m has been set aside in Rebuilding NSW and the NSW Government will provide a further allocation of funding to complete the projects.


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The Federal Government has announced that it will contribute AUD$4m to redevelop the Redcliffe Dolphins Stadium at Kippa-Ring north of Brisbane, Australia.

Funding for the venue, also known as the Dolphin Oval, will see the new Stadium expanded to accommodate 10,000 people with covered seating, upgraded change rooms and a recreation area for schools and junior player camps.

The funding, in addition to the AUD$3m already secured from Moreton Bay Regional Council, is also expected to boost the Brisbane Bombers NRL expansion. The consortium team says the funding of a new boutique Redcliffe stadium could be a boon to their bid.

Speaking to Fairfax Media in June, Redcliffe Dolphins Chairman, Bob Jones, said a boutique stadium would be “helpful for the region’s NRL push”, though home games for any NRL team in the region would likely be played at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

Bombers bid Chairman, Craig Davison, has previously stated his confidence that a second Brisbane team will be in the NRL in 2018.

Bombers bid Chief Executive, Nicholas Livermore, said they would be keen to work with the Dolphins if the Bombers were ultimately awarded an NRL licence, stating “we’ve identified way back we had a meeting with Redcliffe and looked at that opportunity, if we were awarded an NRL licence, participating in growth in second-tier rugby league”.

The Redcliffe Dolphins currently play in the Queensland Cup, while their ground also has rugby union, football and hockey teams playing and training on its ovals.

Image: An artist’s impression of the proposed Dolphin Stadium at Redcliffe.


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Italian Serie A side, Empoli FC, looks set to follow in the footsteps of Juventus and Udinese, having unveiled ambitious plans for a ‘New Stadio Castellani’, which would deliver a 17,300-capacity soccer-specific stadium, with all seats covered by a roof.

The stadium redevelopment plans – which have been designed by Italian architect, Roberto Puliti – would see a “Udinese style” restructuring of the stadium, which would see the running track removed and the remaining stands demolished to make way for the new, improved areas.

In the plans, the New Stadio Castellani would feature restaurants, hospitality areas, VIP suites and commercial areas.

At the recent press conference during which the team unveiled the stadium redevelopment plans, Francesco Ghelfi, Empoli FC’s Chief Executive, advised:

Today, we present our ideas for the redevelopment of the Stadio Castellani: we have the will and the strength to do this, because we believe it is an opportunity for l’Empoli, for Empoli and for all. We think it is a great opportunity, useful and functional in respect of everyone and everything. This restructuring would see the removal of the existing curves, replacing them with two new structures attached to the field. In addition, the project calls for the renovation of the grandstand, which would see the creation of sky boxes, new seats and other areas closer to the field that would replace the field box. Finally, everything would be surrounded by a honeycomb ring of polycarbonate that recalls the most famous stages.

Gelhfi also advised that although the capacity of the new stadium would be similar to the present, it could increase to 20,000 if new instructions were to arrive from the League.

Gelhfi conculded:

I think it is an opportunity for the city and for the citizens, as well as a way to enhance this area. It will also be one stage with zero impact: Enegan, which will provide the solar panels that will be placed above the cover to feed the stadium, would acquire the name of the stadium, although Carlo Castellani will still remain in the new denomination.

Images courtesy: Empoli FC

Images courtesy: Empoli FC

Latest on Chelsea FC’s potential redevelopment of Stamford Bridge

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A year ago a study of the area from Fulham Broadway to Stamford Bridge and beyond was commissioned by Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich, to examine the potential of upgrading the streetscape.

The study also began to assess the feasibility of an expansion of the stadium capacity within the existing historical site boundary, based on the principles of improving site access, benefiting the neighbourhood and enhancing the spectator experience.

According to the Club’s website, Mr Abramovich has appointed a professional team to assess, in more detail, the feasibility of expanding the existing stadium capacity at Stamford Bridge Grounds.

The process now enters a further local consultation phase. This will include an explanation of the rationale for expansion, driven by spectator demand for more seats and the need to increase stadium revenue to remain competitive with the Club’s major rivals, this revenue being especially important under Financial Fair Play rules.

Technical solutions for stadium capacity expansion are being investigated initially.

This stage of the consultation will focus, at present, on discussing the rationale and technical solutions for expansion with residents and match-going spectators.

Local stakeholders, neighbours, season ticket holders and club members will be invited to comment on the potential expansion.

This feedback, which to date has assisted the Club’s progress in earlier stages, will continue to inform the next stage of the study.


Source & image courtesy: Chelsea FC website

Ebbsfleet Stadium revamp project receives green light

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Ebbsfleet United FC (“Fleet”) have been granted full planning permission for the redevelopment of the Stonebridge Road Stand and outline planning approval for the other three sides of the ground.

Gravesham Borough Council’s committee were unanimous in their decision to grant approval, although some minor conditions remain, which will be attended to in various planned meetings.

Work can now begin on what will be the club’s new Main Stand; with tenders from selected contractors having been received at the end of last month, and following discussions with the selected builder(s), work is likely to commence at the end of this month.

Fleet Vice Chairman, Peter Varney, told FleetOnline:

This is a major step in the future progression of this football club. I’d like to thank, in particular, the design team who have been fantastic and also note the help and support of the council members in the vote. Also, credit to Peter Price and his planning team who have worked tirelessly on the details to enable us to get to this point.

The stadium proposal was fifth on the Council’s agenda but the chairman decided to bring it forward to the beginning due to the number of Fleet fans packing the public gallery.

“It’s another example of how enthusiastic the supporters are,” said Varney after the council meeting. “They’ve been behind us home and away and off the field too!”

Alexander Sedgley Ltd are the architects behind the new football stadium for Ebbsfleet United.

The 6,000 spectator capacity landmark stadium has been designed to match the clubs future ambitions and the community & family orientated vision to provide a range of  new facilities for the team, supporters and visitors during the season and into the future.


Image courtesy: Alexander Sedgley Ltd



Ebbsfleet United FC unveils stadium revamp plan

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Ebbsfleet United FC, based in Northfleet, Kent, England, have unveiled plans for a revamped stadium on their existing PHB Stadium site at Stonebridge Road.

According to an article posted on the Club’s website by a series of presentations were given to supporters and the public earlier this week, during which all of the visuals relating to the project were on show.

The Club’s new home is envisaged as a 6,000-capacity modern family-oriented stadium where supporters are guaranteed an affordable pricing strategy. The current Main Stand, because of its design, is now deemed by local safety officers to be at the end of its life, with no more than a two-year shelf life on current estimates. It is mainly constructed of timber and as such represents a potential fire hazard.

A new GBP£3.5m Main Stand along Stonebridge Road (the current Liam Daish Stand) will be constructed, which will house all key football, commercial, sponsor and operational requirements, while also providing important new revenue generating opportunities. The Plough End stand will house a new supporters’ facility that can also be hired out on non-match days and will retain the club supporters’ bar. The principal behind the other two stands is that they should contain revenue-generating facilities, with the aim to build a sustainable club going forward.

Because football will continue to be played during the reconstruction of the ground, the strategy is to rebuild the stand on Stonebridge Road first, greatly enhancing the Stonebridge Road frontage. For that reason, the position of the pitch must be retained. The existing advertising hoardings on the road side will be removed and all new advertising will be monitored by the club and will be appropriate to the new building.

Capacity will be in excess of 6,000, to include 2,000 seats. The finished ground will be a ‘complete building’ – as oppose to a collection of four stands – and will be designed to meet the appropriate ground grading and safety standards. Provision will be made for disabled parking adjacent to the designated turnstile and full disabled access into and within the stadium.

Two new turnstiles will be set back from the pavement at the ground entrance, creating greatly increased areas for the waiting supporters. The site will have vehicular access around the whole of the stadium and on matchdays this will provide good access and exit of the ground for all spectators.

The new development will not only transform the stadium and the club, but will be pivotal to the regeneration of Northfleet as a whole.

A planning application is being submitted to Gravesham council this week with a decision expected in April.

The full set of images are available as PDF’s on the Club’s website at:


Courtesy: Ebbsfleet United FC and Alexander Sedgley Ltd.


Real Madrid to offer naming rights to Bernabeu Stadium to fund redesign

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According to a story by Alex Duff on, Real Madrid football club will sell the naming rights to its Bernabeu Stadium to pay for most of the costs of a €400m (US$518m) redesign of the venue, the soccer team’s President Florentino Perez said.

The stadium will take the name of a sponsor alongside the Bernabeu name it has had since 1955, Perez said after a news conference to present the European champion’s latest financial results. He said the club is in talks with suitors, without identifying them.

The venue takes its current name from Santiago Bernabeu, who was a player and coach for Real Madrid, and then its President for 35 years. The club won six of its ten European titles during the period.

Real Madrid is following teams including Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Manchester City which have brokered naming-rights deals to name their stadiums. For example, back in 2011, Etihad Airways PJSC agreed to pay Manchester City FC more than GBP£300m (US$489m) over the contracts 10 year tenure for their stadium naming-rights, which saw the venue re-named Etihad Stadium.

Perez said work on the redesign, which includes a proposed hotel and shopping centre, is being held up by a complaint by a conservation group, although construction could begin as early as next year.

Real Madrid’s net income for the year through June – during which it won the Champions League for the first time since 2002 – rose by 4% to €38.5m (US$50m). Sales, excluding transfer amortizations, increased by 5.5%, to €549.6m.


Image courtesy: Real Madrid FC

International design competition launched for new and improved RDS Arena

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Leinster Rugby has announced the launch of an international design competition to increase the RDS Arena’s capacity from its current 18,500 to 25,000. This marks the first step in the redevelopment of the Arena, home to both Leinster Rugby and the Dublin Horse Show.


The competition will be for a design of a multi-purpose world-class arena that will increase the stadium capacity from 18,500 to 25,000 and greatly enhance facilities, to the benefit of Leinster Rugby home games as well the RDS Dublin Horse Show and all other events and concerts there.


The Architectural Design competition will be administered by the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) on a two stage basis and will be adjudicated by a five person jury. The jury will be chaired by Owen Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Architectural Science, UCD and Chairman, RDS, Board of Management.


Speaking at the announcement in the RDS, Michael Duffy, Chief Executive, said:

The RDS has been home to Leinster Rugby since 2007 and we are delighted to move on to the next stage of our relationship with them, which is to collaborate on a new stadium development from which both parties will benefit.

The RDS is already on a world stage as an equestrian and now rugby venue and our ambition is for a world leading stadium with facilities on a par with the best anywhere. It is for this reason that we have decided to launch this open competition and to seek design ideas from the best in the world.


The newly developed RDS Arena will be home to Guinness PRO12 champion, Leinster Rugby, and European Rugby Champions Cup games.


Chief Executive, Mick Dawson welcomed the announcement and the opportunities it presents, as he explained:

This really is fantastic news for all Leinster Rugby supporters, for the players, management and for staff. We have had some wonderful moments in the RDS over the years but it’s now time to look to the future. The move from Donnybrook to the RDS in 2007/08 has proved to be extremely successful and it has allowed us to grow as a team. In that time we have won numerous domestic and European trophies while offering an excellent match day experience. However we want to move forward and a 25,000 capacity, purpose-built arena will allow us to do that and provide us with greater commercial opportunities both within the stadium and with regard to naming rights.


Robin Mandal, the RIAI President added:

This is a unique process for the design of stadia in Ireland. Never before has an international competition of this nature been held and we are certainly very excited by what we will see both domestically and from abroad.


With a six month time frame in place for the selection of a concept architect, work is not expected to start on the RDS Arena until April 2016 at the earliest. Leinster Rugby will continue to play its home games in the RDS Arena during the redevelopment and the RDS Dublin Horse Show will also continue as normal.


In this video, the client team describe their vision for a new world-class RDS Arena:


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Home to Leinster Rugby and the Dublin Horse Show, the RDS Arena redevelopment will deliver a world-class stadium.

Home to Leinster Rugby and the Dublin Horse Show, the RDS Arena redevelopment will deliver a world-class stadium.


Board of Regents approve stadium project at University of Oklahoma

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The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved a proposal from OU Athletics on Wednesday to proceed with the development of plans and projects for a major renovation and modernisation of Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Among other changes, the south end zone will be enclosed to form a continuous bowl.


This commitment strengthens the University’s resolve to remain competitive with fellow universities, while developing facilities to assist in the recruitment of outstanding individuals, as OU seeks to provide the best possible experience for its fans and student-athletes. The goal is not to expand the seating capacity, but to better meet the needs of fans and student-athletes.


This updated stadium master plan project development will be subject to ongoing review and approval by the OU Board of Regents. The conceptual master plan, completed by Populous, outlines numerous amenities and upgrades that will enhance the fan environment on all seating levels. In addition, numerous areas utilised within the facility by Oklahoma student-athletes will be decidedly expanded or renovated. The estimated cost of this proposed project is US$370m. No state-appropriated funds and no funds from student tuition will be used. In addition to bonds, a significant part of the project will be funded by private fundraising.


Current conceptual renderings depict a seating bowl that will surround Owen Field as the south end zone becomes fully connected to the east and west stands. Although the capacity of the facility is not anticipated to change significantly, various new seating options will be available for Oklahoma fans and ADA accommodations will also increase. Restroom facilities are projected to increase by 43 locations, while 69 additional points of sale for concessions will be constructed. These improvements are among the many accoutrements designed to increase fan satisfaction, add convenience and improve overall game day enjoyment for all University of Oklahoma fans.


An increase in the square footage of the stadium’s south end zone will feature an expansive 46,000sqft fan plaza and a covered upper concourse. A major redevelopment of the Barry Switzer Center will also result in nearly 50,000sqft of new space for student-athletes. Weight room facilities are slated to be enlarged, resulting in a year-round high-performance training, conditioning and speed enhancement centre measuring 30,852sqft.


Escalators are proposed for installation at the Stadium, along with 16 moving stairways and 18 new elevators that will expedite fan movement. Chair-back seating options, expanded concourses and fan cooling rooms are also areas addressed in this major renovation and modernisation project. A new west stadium concourse will nearly double the existing fan space in that area, while media, broadcast and game operations areas on the west side of the facility will be completely reconstructed, adding more than 32,000sqft to those areas that will be equipped with the latest technology.


Recommendations made to the OU Board of Regents also include approximately 60,000sqft of University academic space to be housed inside the north end of the stadium. This repurposed space will be realised when the administration offices for OU Athletics are relocated to a new wing of the south end zone. The augmentation of the current football operations area will also feature the addition of 11 football position meeting rooms, as well as state-of-the-art medical training, equipment and football operations facilities, in addition to new coaching offices and meeting space. Updated finishes and other treatments will be added to locker rooms and other student-athlete areas.


A new main entrance to the OU Athletics administrative offices and a distinctive glass and brick façade will showcase a new south exterior of Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. This signature addition to OU’s iconic home field will face Lindsey Street as the facility further embraces the traditional Cherokee Gothic architectural motif exemplified in other structures across the University of Oklahoma campus. The south end zone structure will be topped by a new 8,750sqft video board for SoonerVision to display more replays, stats and other in-game multi-media entertainment than its current counterpart.


Conceptual renderings, measurements and other details may evolve as part of this ongoing project on the University of Oklahoma campus. Further action is subject to review and approval by the OU Board of Regents in accordance with University policy.


For more renderings and details about the Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Conceptual Master Plan visit the project website at



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