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Australia’s bid for future FIFA World Cup

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 22:45 15/05/2010
New stadiums part of Australia’s World Cup bid
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New state of the art arenas to be built in Perth, Canberra and Blacktown in Western Sydney is part of Australia’s bid for either the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Australian bid team made their proposal to soccer’s head body in Zurich, with a legacy of $A2.8 ($NZ3.44) billion worth of infrastructure promised, which all sporting codes would benefit from as a result.

Ten host cities have been selected as part of the bid under Australia’s nationwide hosting proposal that will see World Cup matches played in six states and territories.
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Solar-cloud stadium in Zagreb

### http://www.fastcompany.com Tue Jan 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM
Blue Volcano: A Futuristic Cloud-Covered Stadium for Croatia
By Ariel Schwartz
We’ve seen a rash of green stadiums recently -Taiwan’s World Games stadium, the New Meadowlands Stadium, and now the futuristic Za(breg) stadium in Zagreb, Croatia. Dubbed the Blue Volcano by the press, the njiric+arhitekti-designed stadium is designed to be a major landmark for Zagreb.
The Blue Volcano harbours a number of groundbreaking green features, including lightweight building materials (a polycarbonate dome, steel cables) and an artificial hill made out of recycled rubber. But the flashiest and most impressive feature is the zeppelin-like floating “cloud” above the stadium playing field.
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The above item comes via Inhabitat, where you can view more images.

Tons of eco-promise…
Inhabitat says, “Surrounding the stadium are retail areas to make the site a multi-use development and the spacious grounds house more areas for the public to recreate. A skateboarding and climbing area are built into the side of the stadium and additional playing fields sit adjacent to the site. All in all, a good project for Croatia that could help unify the city with a fun and smart eco stadium.”

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### http://www.archdaily.com 30 Dec 2009
Za(breg) 2012 / njiric+ arhitekti
By Karen Cilento
The combination of steel cables, ETFE membranes and polycarbonate dome create a super light construction system.
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California Rose Bowl

### http://www.nytimes.com December 31, 2009
Rose Bowl Hopes to Bet Future on a Makeover
By Billy Witz
PASADENA, Calif. — As parade floats were being prepared nearby and workers busied themselves with final touches to the Rose Bowl, the 87-year-old stadium looked as ready as ever for the two close-ups it will receive in the next week. First, it will host, as it always does, the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day. Then, six days later, it will be home to the Bowl Championship Series title game.

For Darryl Dunn, the general manager of the stadium, and other officials, after a week of being at the centre of the college football world, the real work will begin: completing plans and applying for bonds for a $164 million renovation of the stadium. The project, [to] start in January 2011, would be completed four years from now — in time for the 100th Rose Bowl game and the return of the B.C.S. title game.

Short on money and ideas, Dunn called Janet Marie Smith, who as the Red Sox’ vice president for planning and development oversaw the improvements that were made at Fenway after the team was sold in 2002 to John Henry, one of the few prospective owners who did not want a new stadium for the team. They met and soon Smith and her team were in Pasadena as consultants, researching the Rose Bowl, interviewing community leaders and studying the possibilities.

“Some of it is born out of sentiment, but it’s also born out of practicality,” Smith said. “There’s an important reality on communities and sports teams that you don’t always have to start over.”

What helped was that the same conservation ethic that existed in Boston was alive in Pasadena, whose downtown revitalisation in the 1980s was pivotal in the city’s financial turnaround. If much of Los Angeles is a testament to development run amok, Pasadena is keen on embracing its heritage.
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Stadium nightmares, US

Many of the stadium deals included “revenue bombs”…

In many cases, the architects of the deals are long gone by the time the bill comes due.

### http://www.nytimes.com December 24, 2009
Stadium Boom Deepens Municipal Woes
By Ken Belson
CINCINNATI — Years after a wave of construction brought publicly financed stadiums costing billions of dollars to cities across the country, taxpayers are once again being asked to reach into their pockets.

“It’s like the movie where the blob keeps growing and eating away at other elements of county government… We’re beginning to cross a line in the sand by taking money from the general fund to pay for the stadiums. Once you put that money in jeopardy, you put the whole county at risk.”
-David Pepper, commissioner

From New Jersey to Ohio to Arizona, the stadiums were sold as a key to redevelopment and as the only way to retain sports franchises. But the deals that were used to persuade taxpayers to finance their construction have in many cases backfired, the result of overly optimistic revenue assumptions and the recession.
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