Any time you have to completely different groups lobbying for the same thing, the water tends to get a tad muddy. Things in Minnesota are looking good for an expansion bid into Major League Soccer but the question remains, who will the owners be? Will it be the NFL Vikings? Or will the NASL group step up and get their club into the first division of US soccer.
Progress right? Even if its minimal is still better than nothing San Jose Earthquakes fans.
Today your club's owner Lew Wolff formally selected the architect for the teams' proposed new
stadium. Wolff announced that sports venue design innovator 360 Architecture would head up the
project of both the Quakes new stadium and his MLB team the Oakland A's stadium.
There's been a lot of speculation recently about which cities offer the best mix of market,
facilities, owners and fanbase for Major League Soccer's twentieth club. Commonly mooted names are
New York, Miami, Atlanta, but I know that none of these are right. Even dark horses like San
Antonio, Nashville, and Saint Louis fall short of the mark.
BMO Field, home of Toronto FC, has gotten official approval to convert the playing surface to
natural grass. "The agreement of our government partners means tremendous things for soccer at both
the community and professional levels," Toronto Mayor David Miller said. "Since BMO Field was built
with public money from all three orders of government, their support was necessary to allow this
plan to proceed.
As DC United's historically dreadful season has wound itself to its merciful end, the one question
I get from everyone is not whether the team will actually get better, or whether Ben Olsen will
make any difference, but whether the team will be moving to a new stadium in the DC area,
Baltimore, or even elsewhere.
We haven't quite entered "worst secret" territory, but when the lotto ball for Euro 2016 is
plucked from that bin by a scantily clad Michel Plantini, the world expects him to show a French
one, and for good reason: they're throwing money at it.
A major Brazilian newspaper announced today that the Morumbi Stadium in SÃ£o Paulo will not be
hosting the opening game of the 2014 World Cup, or any other game for that matter. After a long
battle between FIFA and SÃ£o Paulo FC (who owns the stadium) regarding the renovation projects,
FIFA's general-secretary Jerome Valcke will be coming to Brazil to give the bad news.
CBF announced today that Brazil will play a friendly match against England on November 14th.
Where? Doha, Qatar. Why? The organization sold the right of all friendlies of the national team.
And the people who bought it can organize the matches wherever they please.
In the meantime, While CBF pockets money and Brazilian fans do not get to see their national
squad, Brazilian clubs struggle financially.
The newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported that the Brazilian cities that will host the 2014 World
Cup missed their first deadline. The nine cities that will use tax payers' money to build stadiums
failed to publish the invitation to the bidding process by the final date set by the local
The police presence outside Oxford station on Wednesday night was illuminating. As a semicircle of
rozzers stood to attention outside the entrance to Coco â€“ a small citywide chain better known as
a place for students to take mums and dads at the onset of the imminent academic year â€“ Swindon
Town fans began to pile off the trains and down the steps into enemy territory.
So after making a big show about forcing a "Listening Exercise" over Lansley's NHS Reform bill the
Lib Dems meekly voted for the reforms in the same way they voted for them in the first place.
So now pandora's box is open and the NHS is all about competition...The private sector can swoop in
on the profitable areas whilst leaving the scraps to the NHS in the same way the vultures jumped on
the profitable areas of the Post Office's business.
In a story sure to warm the cockles of Bill Archer's heart, Joey Saputo is delaying the
renovation of the stadium that bears his last name, presumably because he doesn't want to be
responsible for any costs that the government won't pay for:
So what's actually happened is the province put up $23 million for the stadium
expansion, but nobody was willing to actually do the job for that price.
Shopping centre giant Westfield could contribute around Â£20m to help West Ham United transform the
Olympic Stadium into a football ground, according to reports surfacing today. The Construction
Enquirer understands that Westfield has held preliminary discussions with the club about sponsoring
the stadium when West Ham move in after the 2012 Games.
Wow, a whole slate of negative stories for your Tuesday Newsday:
Isaiah Thompson of Philadelphia's CityPaper wonders why PPL Park is up and running while Chester
hasn't received any of the public money for economic development that was supposed to be part of
the stadium deal.
A Texas man beat his two year old daughter to death because she wouldn't stop crying during the
US-Ghana game, then forced a screw down her throat to make it appear she had choked.
In my narrow, cable television-influenced mind all "rallys" involve Birkenstock-clad co-eds,
dreadlocked social activist-types, perhaps a few candles and at least one guy playing a Bob Marley
song on an acoustic guitar.Thankfully Dynamo fans figured that none of that stuff ever worked for
stopping wars so it's damn sure not going to work for doing something infinitely harder like
getting a stadium built with public money in a recession.