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New threat to QPR stadium plans

Queens Park Rangers face a new threat to their plan to build a stadium at Old Oak Common.   Cargiant, the biggest landowner in the area, have now teamed up with the property company owned by the billionaire Livingstone brothers, giving their alternative project more credibility.  However, a consultation suggests that 90 per cent of local residents favour QPR's plans.

The demographics of daring to dream

Brentford (3rd) and Bournemouth (4th) are the two surprise packages of the Championship so far this season.  At the start of the season, Brentford fans would probably have settled for consolidation in the division with a lower mid-table position being seen as good enough.  Four Four Two forecast that they would be 22nd and one could get 12-1 on them being promoted at the beginning of the season and just 7/2 on relegation.

Grimsby plan for new stadium

Grimsby Town have announced plans to leave Blundell Park after 115 years.  The new ground at Peaks Parkway, just under three miles away, could be linked with supermarket and housing developments.  The club argues that they do not have a sustainable future at Blundell Park.

An online petition set up by supporters in favour of the move has received over 5,000 signatures, but not all fans are enthusiastic.   Some argue that a new stadium should not be built near a crematorium, hospice and hospital.

Hearts could leave Tynecastle

Hearts might eventually have to leave Tynecastle according to new owner Ann Budge.   The stadium has been neglected for some time and is in a state of disrepair.  In particular, the neglected 100 year old main stand is a problem.

The stadium is being patched up, with particular attention to the requirements of safety, but there are limits to what can be done given the prudent financial approach of the new regime.

Fire at building blocking new Spurs stadium

The building blocking the redevelopment of Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane stadium has been devastated by fire.   The club has been trying to buy Archway Sheet Metals for ten years, but has been unable to agree terms.   The delay has held up the club's plans for a new stadium with greater capacity.

Top clubs boost Cup attendances

The average attendance at FA Cup matches from the first round to the quarter finals was 11,818 over the last decade compared to 11,398 between 1994 and 2004.   Does that mean that the 'magic of the Cup' has not gone away?   In fact, it seems largely down to top clubs building bigger stadiums.

Bayern pay off stadium debt

Further evidence of how well run Bayern Munich is as a club comes with the news that they have paid off the debt on their Allianz Arena stadium.   The debt of £346m was taken out in 2005 and was supposed to be paid off over 25 years rather than just nine.

All this has been achieved alongside success on the pitch.   However, as always, a note of caution is needed about the 'German model'.   It doesn't always translate easily elsewhere.

Olympic Stadium costs rise

The overall bill for the Olympic Stadium is set to soar well beyond £600m before West Ham United move in after it emerged that installing the complex roof would be far more expensive than originally thought.

The complications will not cost West Ham – due to move into the 54,000-seat stadium from the start of the 2016-17 season – another penny on top of the £15m they have pledged towards the conversion.

Will QPR win stadium battle?

Old Oak Common is London's biggest regeneration opportunity since the Olympics. For QPR the question is whether they will be able to build the new stadium there that they see as essential to the future of the club. Their 'New Queens Park' scheme involves building 24,000 homes and it is claimed that it would create 55,000 jobs.

West Ham could ground share with Spurs

West Ham might be prepared to allow Tottenham Hotspur to share the Olympic Stadium while White Hart Lane is being redeveloped.   At first it was thought that this would not be possible because the clubs were rivals for the tenancy.

West Ham would not be prepared to share the stadium in their first year there in 2016-17.  However, they might be prepared to allow Spurs to rent the stadium in 2017-18.