Stadiums

The Stadium Has Improved, But The Chicago Fire Haven’t

The Chicago Fire kicked off its 2021 MLS season at Soldier Field, the club's original stadium where they mainly played between 1998 and 2005. The 2020 campaign was truly the team's return to this excellent stadium, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was this season that saw the long-awaited inauguration with the heart and soul of the sport: the fans. 

All-England UCL Final Venue In Doubt After UK Restricts Travel To Turkey

The status of the Champions League final on May 29 between Manchester City and Chelsea in Istanbul was thrown into doubt on Friday after the UK government placed Turkey on the red list for travel.

British transport minister Grant Shapps said that travel to red list countries was not allowed except for in "the most extreme circumstances" and anyone returning from a red list country has to enter and pay for compulsory hotel quarantine.

"It does mean that fans should not travel to Turkey," said Shapps, who raised the possibility of the match being moved to England.

Spotify Founder Says He Has Funds To Buy Arsenal From Kroenke

Spotify CEO and founder Daniel Ek said on Wednesday that he has secured funds to test the resolve of Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke in a bid to buy the Premier League club from the American billionaire.

Kroenke and his son and director Josh put out a joint statement on Tuesday saying that they remain "100% committed to Arsenal" and were not interested in selling a stake in the club despite furious backlash from the fans.

No Room For Caution: UEFA Replaces Bilbao, Dublin As Euro Hosts To Ensure Fan Attendance

Seville has replaced Bilbao as a host city for Euro 2020 with St. Petersburg in Russia, already a host venue, taking the three group stage games from Dublin, UEFA said on Friday.

Wembley Stadium in London has gained the Irish capital's last-16 match, taking its total number of fixtures to eight, which include the semifinals and final.

How All 27 MLS Clubs Are Preparing To Welcome Back Fans For Home Openers

The 2021 MLS season marks the return of fans to stadiums across the league and, God willing, the death of fake crowd noise. Beginning with the start of the regular season on Friday, April 16, teams across the country will welcome back supporters at grounds with capacity generally limited to somewhere between 10 and 50 percent.

Here’s How Many Fans Will Be Allowed In Each Venue For This Summer’s Euro 2020

The following are the 12 host cities set to host Euro 2020 matches and their commitments for how many spectators will be allowed to attend after European soccer's governing body UEFA confirmed their plans on Friday.

Munich, Rome, Bilbao and Dublin have been given until April 19 to provide additional information.

London, England

* Venue: Wembley Stadium (Capacity: 90,000)

* Matches: Three group games, one last-16 game, both semi-finals and the final

Rio Abandons Plan To Rename Maracanã After Pelé Because Nobody Asked For That

Rio de Janeiro abandoned plans to rename its famous Maracanã Stadium in tribute to Pelé on Thursday after a widespread outcry from fans.

The official proposal to give Pelé’s name to the ground that hosted the final of the 2014 World Cup and the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games was vetoed by state governor Cláudio Castro.

UEFA Wants Fans At All 12 Venues For Euro 2020, Which Means 3 Host Cities Are Now In Doubt

UEFA's plans for Euro 2020 may have to be changed after two of the host venues, Dublin and Bilbao, were unable to commit to at least some fans being able to attend games amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

There were also mixed signals over the chances for Rome's Olympic Stadium being open to supporters, as federations submitted plans to organisers UEFA ahead of its deadline later on Wednesday.

Only In Scotland: Rogue Rival Fan Watches Match From Hillside Bushes Of Dumbarton Castle

For all the wacky, zany, unexpected occurrences that have happened over the years in Scottish football (and there have been plenty), most of them have at least had a logical explanation.

The automated match camera that confused the referee's bald head for the ball? Completely improbable — but the deductive reasoning makes sense. 

8,000 Supporters Allowed Into Wembley For City Vs. Spurs League Cup Final

This month's League Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will be allowed to host 8,000 spectators as part of pilot events to pave the way for the return of large crowds to stadiums, the British government said on Sunday.

The final will be held at London's Wembley Stadium on April 25. It was due to be played on Feb. 28 but was pushed back in the hope that a later date would allow fans to attend.

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