Scunthorpe have submitted plans for their new £18million 12,000-seater stadium to North Lincolnshire Council planners.
FC United has taken up a £500,000 loan from Manchester Council. The club agreed a deal with the town hall in 2012 to receive extra funds if its Broadhurst Park stadium project (pictured) experienced a funding gap. Since then the cost of the ground has risen by £1.5m because of issues such as site contamination and rising construction costs. The Manchester Evening News reports that the council has provided £1.45m to the club since 2011 – including an initial £750,000 towards the new £6m stadium. General manager Andy Walsh said:
The support from the council and our members has enabled the club to leverage an additional £5.5m of investment into the local area which we believe will give job opportunities and economic benefit to north Manchester.
Sport architecture: Architect practice HOK is back in sport architecture. HOK’s new global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice is merging with 360 Architecture after HOK’s completion of its acquisition of 360. HOK claims that this creates the world’s leading sports, recreation and entertainment design firm. Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, HOK’s chairman and CEO said:
We acquired 360 because we consider them the world’s most innovative designers of stadiums, ballparks, arenas, recreation and wellness centers, and mixed-use entertainment districts.
360 Architecture’s work includes the new football stadium for MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and football stadiums in Iraq as well as many venues for US sports, indoor and outdoor. John Rhodes joined HOK in early 2014 to run its London office. HOK is working on the redevelopment of Fort Regent on Jersey in the Channel Islands, into a leisure and entertainment venue.
Windsor Park: Irish national stadium update – video interview with Geoff Patterson.