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Stadium dilemma in US

Football in the United States faces a big diemma when it cames to staging tournaments or hosting visiting teams from Britain.   Do they use a purpose built soccer stadium which has smaller capacity?   Or do they use an American football stadium where the configuration of the field is wrong and the pitch is generally in a poor condition?

Becks get his Miami stadium

After many setbacks David Beckham has finally got permission to build a privately funded stadium in Miami for his MLS franchise.  The 25,000 capacity stadium will be built on the site of the Orange Bowl and next to the stadium of the Miami Marlins baseball team.

Beckham has been working on the project since 2014.  Plans to build a stadium on a waterfront site next to a basketball arena were rejected.   At one time it looked as if the project would never come to fruition.

Wembley may cost Spurs and Chelsea more

Renting Wembley for home games while their stadiuims are redeveloped may cost Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur a lot more than they anticipated.   Chelsea had offered £11m a year, but Wembley may require £15m.

In addition, it may charge additional venue costs, such as security, which could run into millions of pounds. However, the clubs could derive revenue from the increased capacity available to them at Wembley.

Bristol Rovers lose court case

Bristol Rovers have lost a court case with Sainsbury's over the sale of the Memorial Ground.   Sainsbury's had agreed to pay £30m for the ground to build a supermarket, then pulled out of the deal.  However, the court ruled that the supermarket chain were within their rights.

Bristol Rovers had alleged that Sainsbury's decided long ago not to proceed with the scheme but kept 'stringing along' the club to prevent a competitor accessing the site and eating into its market share.

Spurs unveil new stadium plans

Tottenham Hotspur have unveiled their plans for a new stadium to replace their existing ground at White Hart Lane.  With a capacity of 61,000 it would be the largest Premiership ground in London.   A retractable pitch would allow it to switch from grass for football to artificial turf for NFL matches.

Chelsea outbid Spurs on Wembley hire

Chelsea have offered around £11m a year to use Wembley as a temporary home while Stamford Bridge is redeveloped.   They want to play there for three seasons from the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

They appear to have outbid Tottenham Hotspur who will need to leave White Hart Lane for two years in 2017 as their new stadium is built.   They are thought to have offered Wembley about £8m a year.

The Wembley board has not yet made a decision yet on whether to rent it to a team which could have knock on effects on other sporting and music events that bring in the cash.

Stockport stadium secure

Stockport County's future at Edgeley Park is secure after Stockport Council agreed to buy the ground to avert a risk of demolition.   Owners Cheshire Sports were understand to have received an offer for the stadium leading to fears that it might be bulldozed for development.

It's costing the Council £2m, but the mortgage should be covered by the rent paid by the club.  

Chelsea unveil plans for the Bridge

Chelsea have unveiled their plans for the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge and they are inspired by Westminster Abbey.   The new stands will be wrapped in flying buttresses which come together in a ring in the middle to hold up the roof.

Olympic Stadium cost grows

The cost of converting the Olympic Stadium for football has grown.   The final bill has now risen to £272m, most of which will be met by the taxpayer.    The total cost of the stadium will be £709m, whereas Wembley was built for £798m in 2007 and the Millennium Stadium cost £121m in 1999.

Chelsea advance stadium plans

Chelsea are advancing their plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge through a series of meetings with local businesses and residents. They abandoned the idea of moving home after difficulties with three alternative sites around London including Battersea and Earls Court.

At the moment the capacity is 41,623. Arsenal's Emirates Stadium has a capacity of 60,000 giving them £30m more a year in ticket income than Chelsea.