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Everton abandon Walton Hall stadium plans

Everton have abandoned plans to build a new stadium at nearby Walton Hall Park, ostensibly for economic reasons, although the plan attracted strong local opposition.

Together with the City Council they have identified two possible alternative sites.   The city's mayor believes that a new stadium could be up and running in three years which is quite ambitious given the planning involved and the time needed for construction.

Sky Blues owners lose latest round in legal battle

The Court of Appeal has ruled against Sisu, the owners of Coventry City, in the latest round of their legal battle with Coventry City council.   There could be an appeal to the European Court.

Sisu claimed that a loan made to Arena Coventry Limited, the operators of the Ricoh Arena, was not made on normal commercial terms and represented a breach of European Union state aid rules.

Spurs close to Wembley deal

Tottenham Hotspur are close to securing a deal to play all their home matches at Wembley in the 2017-18 season.   They are also negotiating with the FA about holding Champions League matches at Wembley next season as they may need to remove 8,000 seats from White Hart Lane to facilitate inittial building work.

Chelsea may have to delay their proposed move to Wembley by 12 months.  Spurs have indicated that they are willing to share Wembley with Chelsea for one season, but Chelsea would prefer exclusive use.

Barcelona need to reduce debts

Barcelona need to reduce their debts by €100m if the redevelopment of the Camp Nou is to go ahead. The club has debts of around €300m and the redevelopment would cost €360m.   Transfer policy could also be affected,

Spurs may have to cut seats

Tottenham Hotspur may have to remove as many as 8,000 seats, the majority from the Paxton Road stand, to facilitate building work on the new stadium to ensure that it is ready for the 2018-19 campaign. That would mean they would face the prospect of playing Champions League matches in front of crowds of fewer than 30,000.

The 22,000 season ticket holders would not be affected, but wth 3,000 tickets needed for away fans, there could be a significant reduction in the number of tickets made available for members and released on general sale next season.

Olympic Stadium deal revealed

Following a legal battle, the terms under which West Ham will rent the Olympic Stadium have been revealed in a 207 page document.   As anticipated, the rent is £2.5m a year which would be halved in the event of relegation.

The rent works out at around £48,000 a week, roughly the same amount the club pays Andy Carroll. This for the use of an arena that cost £700m to build, including £272m to convert for football.

Olympic Stadium deal to be revealed

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has lost an appeal over a decision by the Information Commissioner that the details of its deal with West Ham over the Olympic Stadium should be published.  The matter was pursued by a coalition of football supporters' organisations.

The LLDC has argued that substantial commercial losses could result in a competive market and may take the matter further in the courts.

West Ham won lottery says Wenger

West Ham won the lottery with their cheap deal to play at the Olympic Stadium, according to Arsene Wenger.   In contrast, Wenger had to sell his best players to fund the move from Highbury to the Emirates. He said that the first six years were very difficult for him financially.

Truro no longer need to ground share

Truro City are not going to ground share at Torquay United next season.  A compromise has been reached that will allow them to stay at Treyew Road until their new stadium at Silver Bow is completed. Construction work there is expected to start in October 2016 and be finished by June 2017.

They are also going to install a 250-seat covered stand to allow them to compete in the play offs.

West Ham United boost capacity

West Ham United have decided to boost capacity at the Olympic Stadium from 54,000 to 60,000, such has been the demand for season tickets.

It will make the stadium the joint largest in London alongisde the Emirates.   It will also rank second in the country in terms of capacity, behind Old Trafford.