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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.

Underhill sold

Barnet's historic ground at Underhill has been sold.   This means that the club cannot return to the London Borough of Barnet, although they are more than satisfied with their new facilities.

The club has had a difficult relationship with the local council for the last twenty years which they put down to changes of political control.

Bristol Rovers sue Sainsbury's

As Bristol Rovers prepare for a play-off final that could return them to the Football League after one season, they are also appearing in the High Court to sue Sainsbury's.

The supermarket chain was going to bulldoze the Memorial Ground to build a supermarket.   However, with the changes in the retail sector, they have pulled out of the scheme.   They claim that it is because they are unhappy with conditions in the planning permission that restrict the number of trucks that can deliver at night.

Sky Blues consider Rugby stadium

Coventry City have been in talks with planners in Rugby about possible sites within their area for a new stadium.  However, as the sites are in green belt land, the talks will need to be concluded by September before the local plan is submitted.

The Sky Blues have apparently ruled out a new stadium within the boundaries of Coventry.  The Ricoh Arena is now owned by Wasps rugby football club.

New Spurs stadium could stage NFL

Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium could host American football matches.  Plans for the new stadium show a much larger changing room in the East Stand.  A typical ''locker room' must accommodate 53 players and 15-20 coaches, far more than for a football team.

Wembley has hosted at least one NFL match a year since 2007.  There will be three more games there in October and November.   Jacksonville Jaguars have an agreement to play a home game at Wembley every year from 2013 to 2016.   The Football Association is thought to collect about £3m per game.

MLS faces political challenges

Major League Soccer in the United States is facing increasing political challenges.   Taxpayers are increasingly unwilling to fund new stadiums.   Even if direct subsidies are not needed, tax breaks often are.

Gibraltar's stadium dilemma

Gibraltar's international team scored their first goal in an international competition against Scotland yesterday.   A policeman scored the goal.

Gibraltar is the fifth oldest football association in the world, founded in 1895. They have more than 2,600 registered players, 8 per cent of the national population. There is an artificial surface at the 2,400 capacity Victoria Stadium, which hosts all games in the national league (two divisions plus reserves), plus youth matches and training sessions.

Russian World Cup stadium behind schedule

There is nothing unusual in new sports stadiums behind schedule and over budget.   However, the Zenit Arena which is being built in St. Petersburg for the 2018 World Cup in Russia appears to be in a class of its own.  It is seven years behind schedule and the cost is likely to be at least €1bn compared with an original estimate of €190m.