2019 In Review – May

Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah city became the second 2022 FIFA World Cup venue to open its doors after hosting the final of the Amir Cup club competition.

The stadium is the first Qatar 2022 venue to be built from scratch, following the redevelopment of Khalifa International Stadium, which was inaugurated in May 2017 for that year’s Amir Cup final.

The Qatar Football Association and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) welcomed the 40,000-capacity crowd for the game after a stadium inauguration ceremony for the venue, which is located 23km south of Doha city centre.

NASCAR, sanctioning body of the US stock-car racing series, agreed a $2bn deal to acquire International Speedway Corporation (ISC), operator of 13 leading motorsport facilities, including Daytona International Speedway.

The new £70m retractable roof on Wimbledon’s No.1 Court was given its first public viewing ahead of this year’s grand slam event.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) unveiled the roof at a star-studded event at the South London venue following a three-year project it said had been completed on time and on budget.

The addition of the roof was part of a project which resulted in all seats at the stadium being replaced, with the venue’s capacity increasing to 12,345.

Real Madrid awarded Spanish building and infrastructure company FCC Construcción the contract to handle the redevelopment of Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.

Real stated FCC’s proposal was the quickest way to carry the project out, as well as having a construction system in place that minimises any hindrance to the operating of the stadium and its surroundings during the work.

Majority owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, FCC has prior experience in the Spanish football stadia market having recently handled the development of Atletico de Madrid’s new home, Wanda Metropolitano.

It was also announced that Aberdeen’s new state-of-the-art arena will be called P&J Live after a naming rights partnership was agreed with the owner of The Press and Journal regional newspaper.

SMG Europe, which operates The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA), signed the deal with publishing company DC Thomson Media.

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