Man Utd Revamps Pitch
The pitch at Old Trafford will undergo a $1.2 million renovation over the summer as Manchester United moves to a hybrid surface.
According to The Manchester Evening News, groundskeepers dug up the grass Monday after a legends match over the weekend between Real Madrid and United.
Desso, the same pitch specialists who did Wembley, will install a mixture of grass and artificial fibers after former Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson said a soggy December had collapsed the field.
The new surface will supposedly hold up better throughout the rainy months in Manchester.
Orlando Eye New Stadium
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs says she is “fast-tracking” a new football stadium in Orlando, Florida.
According to a recent report in The Orlando Sentinel, she wrote to Orlando City Soccer Club President Phil Rawlins late last month, reversing her previous stance that a new facility for the third-tier USL Pro team is years away.
“We are very sensitive to the [Major League Soccer] ownership position, and the new sense of urgency attached to your negotiations,” Jacobs told Rawlins.
“Rest assured that I have directed Orange County’s staff to complete their due diligence as quickly as possible.”
Still unclear is how exactly she envisions paying for such an investment.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer initially proposed a $110 million stadium with $30 million from the club, $20 million from the city, $25 million in hotel taxes and $30 million in state sales taxes, according to the Sentinel, but the latter failed to pass at the state level.
The scramble comes as competition heats up for the next MLS expansion franchise. New York City FC was unveiled last month as the league’s 20th team, and David Beckham spent last week in Miami touring stadia for a possible entry into the ownership realm.
Israel Sweetens Deal for Stadium Complex
A multiplex cinema and 10,000 square meters of stores will soon join Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa, Israel.
According to Israeli media reports, Haifa Economic Corporation Ltd. published Monday a $54.5 million tender for the construction and operation of the entertainment complex to be built alongside the 30,000-seat venue, which will be completed later this year and will host the home matches of Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Haifa.
By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson
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