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Philadelphia Union

The case against soccer-specific stadiums

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Chris Gibbons argues that the Union are in the entertainment, not soccer, business – and that calls for a versatile stadium.

Philadelphia Union announce new fan experience at Talen Energy Stadium

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It's going to be a lot different this year.

The Philadelphia Union announced yesterday that there would be some major changes to the game-day experience for fans, ranging from new forms of entertainment to new food and drink at the concession stands. For this opening weekend, there will be additional banners in the match walk out, and the game ball will be delivered from a skydiver who will parachute into the stadium to give the officials the ball.

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Irish Premier League: Cork City Stadium Roof Collapses After Being Ravaged By Hurricane Ophelia (Photos)

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The Republic of Ireland bore the full brunt of Hurricane Ophelia when she/it swept in on Monday, with the lashing winds causing damage and even fatalities right across the country.

While thankfully nobody was hurt, the good folk of Cork City awoke on Monday morning to find that Ophelia had had her wicked way with their Turner's Cross stadium, with half of the roof across the Derrynane Stand collapsing in on itself.

Liga MX: The View From Upper Tier Of Monterrey’s Bancomer Stadium Is Quite Breathtaking (Photo)

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Opened in 2015, Monterrey's BBVA Bancomer Stadium has already earned the nickname 'ElGigante de Acero' (The Steel Giant) among fans and it's not hard to see why.

The 52,000-seater arena squats on a green plateau outside the city of Guadelupe and features a gleaming undulating design, but that's nothing compared to the spectacular view from the upper tiers.

Exclusive: Pies In Prague – Sunburn, Shut-Outs And Six-Goal Pummellings On Opening Day Of CEE Cup (Photos & Highlights)

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Over the next week or two, Pies' man-in-the-field, Joseph Viney, will be in Prague to report in on the 2017 Generali CEE Cup – the annual international Under-19s tournament for club sides from Central and Eastern Europe (hence ‘CEE').

The View From Day One.

In its heyday, Prague's Strahov Stadium allegedly boasted a maximum capacity of anywhere from 220,000 to 300,000 once ram-packed to the rafters.

Atletico Madrid: Tom Cruise Drops By To Check On Progress Of Metropolitano Arena (Photos & Video)

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No hard hats? That's risky business (Photo: Atletico Madrid/Ángel Gutiérrez)

In town for the premiere of his new movie, 'The Mummy', teeny tiny Tom Cruise stopped by Atletico Madrid's new humble abode to check on the progress.

Cruise and fellow cast members Annabelle Wallis and Sofie Boutellawere given a VIP tour of Atleti's half-built Wanda Metropolitano stadium by Saul Niguez and club president Enrique Cerezo.

Pyromaniacs: Partizan Belgrade Fans Celebrate Winning Title By Lighting Flares To Create ‘Ring Of Fire’ Around Entire Stadium (Photos & Video)

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A triumphant 5-0 final-day victorysaw Partizan Belgrade secure the Serbian Super Liga title at the weekend, pipping cross-city rivals Red Star to the championshipby three points.

As is usually the done thing, the Partizan fans welcomed their teams eighthSuperLigawin by lighting a continous ring of flares around the entire stadium, giving the place a distinctly Dante-esque feel as the evening drew in.

Around The Grounds: With Atletico Madrid Due To Vacate After 50 Years, We Bid Farewell To The Vicente Calderon (Photos)

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The grand old Estadio Vicente Calderón by night, circa 1996

Pies are dusting off our 'Around the Grounds' series in order to bid a fond farewell to the Vicente Calderon stadium, home to Atletico Madrid for the past 50 years.

With the concrete crumbling, the roof shot through with holes and the dog-ears beginning to become fairly serious safety concerns, Atletico will be leaving their famous old abode at the end of the current season and moving to a shiny new bowl built on the site of the old ‘La Peineta' athletics ground just across town.

Arsenal: Mohamed Elneny’s Old Apartment Used To Overlook The Basel Stadium (Photo)

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With Mohamed Elneny signing for Arsenal earlier this afternoon, we thought it only right that we learn a little about the Premier League's newestEgyptian import.

Among all the facts, figures and statistics came an interesting snippet from a Guardian profile, which revealed that during his time in Basel, Elneny lived in a tall resedential tower building that was part of the stadium complex at St Jakob-Park.

Russia

Russia 2018: Ekaterinburg Arena Given Absolutely Bonkers Stand Extensions To Meet FIFA Minimum Capacity Requirement (Photos)

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After being selected as a host venue for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the suits at the Ekaterinburg Arenarealised that they had their work cut out if they were going to boost the stadium's capacity to meet the tournament minimum in time for kick-off.

The arena in Yekaterinburg boasted an initial capacity of just 27,000 seats, some 8,000 seats shy of the FIFA tournament minimum which stands at 35,000.

Russian Farmer Builds Football Stadium Out Of Straw In Protest At Spiralling Cost Of New Zenit St Petersburg Arena (Photos)

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A farmer from Russia has built an entire stadium using straw in a gentle mockery of the spiralling costs incurred by his football team, Zenit St Petersburg, and their vastly expensive new stadium.

Indeed, Zenit has reportedly spent in the region of £550million building and opening their new eponymous 64,000-capacity arena in time for the 2018 World Cup.

Russia out of Euro 2016 if more stadium trouble, says UEFA

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Paris (AFP) UEFA on Tuesday told Russia it would be kicked out of the European Championship if its fans cause one more incident of stadium trouble during the tournament.

Europe's governing body declared Russia responsible for the stadium disturbances, racist chanting and fireworks thrown during the Russia-England game in Marseille on Saturday.

Russia out of Euro 2016 if more stadium trouble, says UEFA

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Paris (AFP) UEFA on Tuesday told Russia it would be kicked out of the European Championship if its fans cause one more incident of stadium trouble during the tournament.

Europe's governing body declared Russia responsible for the stadium disturbances, racist chanting and fireworks thrown during the Russia-England game in Marseille on Saturday.

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18 hurt, three seriously in French stadium barrier collapse

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Amiens (France) (AFP) – Eighteen Lille fans were hurt, including three seriously, in Amiens on Saturday when a stadium barrier collapsed in the away section as supporters celebrated a goal in French league match.

The Ligue 1 fixture between Amiens and Lille was suspended in the 16th minute, and later abandoned, after a fence separating fans from the pitch crumbled under their weight as they celebrated a goal by Fode Ballo-Toure.

18 hurt, three seriously in French stadium barrier collapse

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Amiens (France) (AFP) – Eighteen Lille fans were hurt, including three seriously, in Amiens on Saturday when a stadium barrier collapsed in the away section as supporters celebrated a goal in French league match.

The Ligue 1 fixture between Amiens and Lille was suspended in the 16th minute, and later abandoned, after a fence separating fans from the pitch crumbled under their weight as they celebrated a goal by Fode Ballo-Toure.

Footballers’ plane crash deaths stun Brazilian home city

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Chapecó (Brazil) (AFP) Fans of Chapecoense, the Brazilian football club enjoying a fairy tale season until almost wiped out in a plane crash, gathered outside the stadium in shock and disbelief Tuesday.

All year the once struggling, impoverished club had delighted the people of Chapeco, a city of about 200,000 in Santa Catarina state.

UEFA orders Euro 2016 stadium pitch relaid

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Lille (France) (AFP) UEFA said Tuesday that the pitch at the Lille Euro 2016 stadium has suffered "irreversible damage" from bad weather and will be relaid after Wednesday's game between Italy and the Republic of Ireland.

"The extremely difficult weather conditions in the past few weeks (rain, humidity, lack of sunshine) have caused irreversible damage to the surface at the stadium," said a UEFA statement.

UEFA orders Euro 2016 stadium pitch relaid

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Lille (France) (AFP) UEFA said Tuesday that the pitch at the Lille Euro 2016 stadium has suffered "irreversible damage" from bad weather and will be relaid after Wednesday's game between Italy and the Republic of Ireland.

"The extremely difficult weather conditions in the past few weeks (rain, humidity, lack of sunshine) have caused irreversible damage to the surface at the stadium," said a UEFA statement.

Foreign Legion troops spat on police in Euro stadium brawl

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Nice (France) (AFP) Two Hungarian members of France's legendary Foreign Legion force spat on police who were trying to stop fighting in a Euro 2016 stadium, a French court was told Monday.

The two were among five Hungarians and a Slovak who received jail terms of up to six months for the latest violence to hit the European Championship finals.

Foreign Legion troops spat on police in Euro stadium brawl

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Nice (France) (AFP) Two Hungarian members of France's legendary Foreign Legion force spat on police who were trying to stop fighting in a Euro 2016 stadium, a French court was told Monday.

The two were among five Hungarians and a Slovak who received jail terms of up to six months for the latest violence to hit the European Championship finals.

Videos

White Hart Lane: Tottenham’s New Stadium Will Feature World’s First ‘Dividing Retractable Football Pitch’ (Video)

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Tottenham have announced an exciting new development as work continues apace to turn White Hart Lane inside-out and create a vast new 56,000-capacity stadium upon the footprint of their old ground.

Indeed, the club have proudly revealed that the new White Hart Lane will feature a pioneering playing surface design that will allow the stadium to house both a proper grass football pitch and a synthetic American football pitch all important when chasing that NFL dollar.

Boca Juniors: Slightly Concerning Footage Proves La Bombonera Actually ‘Rocks’ On Matchdays (Video)

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It's well-versedin footballing lorethat Boca Juniors' erstwhile stadium, La Bombonera, is said to 'rock' on matchdays.

Indeed, the relentless pogo-ingof the ever-bombasticsupporters atop the terraces cause a certain amount of sway.

However,Planet Boca have posted a snippet of slightly worrying footage recorded during a recent match that shows an entire stand coming away from the wall as it undulates back and forth.

Retro Football: Graeme Souness Plants His Enormous Galatasaray Flag In Fenerbahce’s Centre Circle, 1996 (Video)

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We can scarcely believe it, but it's now 21 years to the very day that Graeme Souness became an eternalGalatasarayfolkhero by driving their club colours into the centre circle at Fenerbahce's stadium.

Having been out of work for over a year, Souness took charge at Gala for the 1995/96 season and promptly guided the side to a fairly disappointing fourth-place finish in the Super Lig, or 1.

Retro Football: Original Artist’s Plans For Bolton’s Reebok Stadium Were Quite Something, 1994 (Photo)

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Burnden Park, as was (Photo: Legendary Football Grounds)

The year was 1994, and upwardly mobile Bolton Wanderers were preparing to up sticks and leave Burnden Park, their home forthe past 100 years, and into a new, all-singing, all-dancing and most importantly all-seater modern stadium.

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Non-League: Billericay Town Owner Glenn Tamplin Unveils Dressing Room Overhaul, Complete With Tasteful Lion-Themed Mural (Photo)

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Love him or loathe him, Glenn Tamplin is pouring an awful lot of money into Billericay Town as he continues in his quest to spend his way up into the Football League.

As well as hiring a battalion of ex-Premier League players on exorbitant wagesto play against blokes with 9-5 jobs, Tamplin is also in the process of completely redeveloping Billericay's New Lodge stadium, far beyond the demands of a team who currently play in the Bostik Premier League (seventh tier).

Non-League: Forest Green Rovers Announce Plans To Build New Eco-Friendly Stadium Entirely Out Of Wood (Photos)

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National League side Forest Green Rovers have enlisted the services of Zaha Hadid architects to build them a snazzy new, all-seater stadium in the Gloucestershire countryside.

The new stadium, located just outside Stroud, will form the centrepiece of a new £100million "eco park" centred around sport and eco-friendly businesses.

D.C. United

D.C. United stadium update, FC Cincinnati, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/30/2017

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Metal going up, Minnesota going down, and bees!

Look, it's been a tough season for D.C. United fans. The team is out of the Open Cup, and making the playoffs will require a tremendous second half of the season. Saturday's game is huge, and it's followed by a brutal trip to Dallas to play a real contender in Texas in early July (so, basically on the sun).

Some Soccer News for Feb 17, 2017

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It's Day 48 of 2017.


It only took 13 years, but DC United finally has the all-clear to begin building their stadium. Finally! By Steven Goff of the Washington Post.

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MNUFC will introduce their uniforms tonight!

All the details of the new D.C. United stadium

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The most detailed information about the new D.C. United stadium is now here, straight from their submission to the Zoning Commission.

Two days ago, D.C. United officially submitted the information needed (specifically, the Planned Unit Development) by the District of Columbia Zoning Commission, which includes the most detailed plans to date for the stadium and stadium site at Buzzard Point.

Revolution

Krafts Comment, Provide Renderings of Nixed Stadium Proposal

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One day after the Boston Globe reported that the Revolution's latest bid to build a Boston-based soccer stadium fell through, Robert and Jonathan Kraft issued a statement on the proposal, as well as artist's renderings of the proposed stadium.

Latest Revs Stadium Proposal Dead

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The latest proposal for a Revolution soccer specific stadium in Boston has been abandoned after talks between the club andUMass-Boston about school-owned property ended this week, according to a report from the Boston Globe on Thursday.

The Revolution, who've long eyed a move to the Hub, were in negotiations with the university in the hopes of securing land at the former Bayside Expo Center property on Columbia Point in Dorchester, Mass.

Internacional

Racist Inter fans force partial stadium ban

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Inter Milan have been hit with a partial stadium ban after Napoli's Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly was the victim of racist abuse at the side's last league meeting, Serie A officials have announced.

Koulibaly was subject to sporadic monkey chants from groups of hardline ultra fans in the Curva Nord section of the San Siro two weeks ago when Napoli lost 2-0.

Racist Inter fans force partial stadium ban

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Inter Milan have been hit with a partial stadium ban after Napoli's Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly was the victim of racist abuse at the side's last league meeting, Serie A officials have announced.

Koulibaly was subject to sporadic monkey chants from groups of hardline ultra fans in the Curva Nord section of the San Siro two weeks ago when Napoli lost 2-0.

The Rest

Boca Juniors Fan Attempts To Sneak Into Bombonera Stadium Through Small Hole In Perimeter Wall, Gets Stuck (Photo)

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Flying high at the top of the Argentinian Superliga, Boca Juniors sauntered to a 4-0 drubbing of Belgrano on Sunday evening in front of a packed house at the Bombonera stadium.

Alas, there was at least one staunch Boca supporter who didn't manage to witness the victory, largely because he tried to sneak into the ground through a small gap in the perimeter wall and quickly became lodged there.

Shrewsbury Town On Verge Of Becoming First English Club To Install Safe Standing Zone After Reaching Crowdfund Target

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Shrewsbury Town have moved another step closer to becoming the first club in England to install a safe-standing zone in their stadium.

The League One club launched a crowdfunding drive after submitting their application to the Sports Ground Safety Authority back in July, and have now successfully reached their £65,000 target.

Tottenham: Ordnance Survey Officially Wipe White Hart Lane From Face Of Earth/Map Of North London (Photos)

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With a new 64,000-seater arena currently being built in the carpark, Tottenham's grand old former home at White Hart Lane has today officially been wiped from the face of the Earth.

After a 119-year innings, the old Lane has now been completely demolished with Ordnance Survey, Britian's foremost cartographers, now confirming that the stadium has been entirely removed from their latest map of the area.

Catching Up

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Its been quite a while since my last post and quite a bit has happened since then so I'll go through a recap of the major stories below.

CSKA Eliminate AEK from Champions League

So our much anticipated return to the Champions League, albeit in the qualifying rounds, was a disappointment. Everyone expected CSKA to be a tough team to come up against and truth be told they were the stronger team.

Besiktas’ Swanky New Stadium Has Screens In The Back Of The Seats So Fans Can Watch Instant Replays (Photos)

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It was three years in the making, but Besiktas finally played their first game inside their brand new stadium last night after it was officially inaugurated behind closed doorsoverthe weekend.

This being Turkish football, the occasion didn't pass without incident, withriot police using tear gas to disperse aswarm of largely ticketless fans that congregated outside the Vodafone Arena.

Supporter move is part of bigger Houstonifying effort by Dynamo

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While some fan worry that the moving of the supporter group section is motivated by money Brian Ching says it's about growing the fan base.

Recently, it was announced that the supporter group section of BBVA Compass Stadium would be moving from right behind goal to the North End of the stadium in the 200-level seats.

Episode 172 – Dykstra and Despair

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With Bill Hamid out for 4-6 months it will no longer be "Hamid and Hope." 2016 may be the "Dysktra and Despair" year...