Saudi Arabia Examines Women Ruling
The secretive ruling family of Saudi Arabia is considering a ruling that would allow women to attend football matches, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.
Currently, Saudi Arabian women are not allowed to drive, travel without authorization from a male relative, or work in many professions. However, the potential for economic impact may spur change in the sporting arena.
Saudi Football Federation Ahmed Eid Alharbi said earlier this year that allowing women at matches could increase the capacity of new stadiums by 15 percent.
The Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium in Jeddah and the King Abdullah City Stadium in Riyadh would open with expanded facilities for women if the law is changed.
Bristol City May Stay Put
The BBC reports that Bristol City FC’s proposed stadium at Ashton Villa will not be built if the club gets the go-ahead to carry out renovations on its current facility.
The club was first given permission to build on the Ashton Villa site in 2009, but protesters seeking to earmark the land for public use delayed construction at that time.
However, the club has now proceeded into an agreement to redevelop its current home at Ashton Gate, a course with which it will move ahead if the ruling on the public land at Ashton Villa is delayed in October.
FC Dallas Naming Rights Partner
FC Dallas will hold a news conference on Tuesday to announce a naming rights deal for the club’s stadium.
Dan Hunt, president and CEO of FC Dallas, said earlier this year that he was moving close to a deal with three potential sponsors.
“If I do my job, I hopefully will get one of them to put their name on the stadium and the complex and get the others to support the team through another sponsorship,” he told the Dallas Business Journal.
The stadium seats 20,500 and is surrounded by 17 practice fields. Its naming rights deal with Pizza Hut lapsed in 2011.
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