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Athletics World Cup launched in London

A new Athletics World Cup will take place in London this summer, with eight top nations competing, after British Athletics confirmed details of the competition, scheduled for 14th and 15th July.

Great Britain will be joined by the United States, South Africa, Poland, France, China, Germany and Jamaica, with one male and one female athlete from each nation competing in all field and track events up to 1500m.

Just one man and one women from each nation will be selected in each event.

Beckham's MLS franchise gets green light

David Beckham has launched his long-planned Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise team in Miami.

The former England captain selected Miami as the preferred site of his team after he exercised an option in his contract with former side LA Galaxy to buy an expansion franchise four years ago.

No name has been given to Beckham’s new team, but it is believed they will play at a 25,000-seater stadium in the city’s Overtown neighbourhood, at a cost of more than $150m.

NFL reduces London 2018 schedule

The National Football League (NFL) has announced the schedule for its London Games 2018, with Tottenham Hotspur’s new ground set to host one game, instead of two as originally announced, in its first year.

With the new White Hart Lane only now featuring one American football game, it means that the NFL has reduced its current four-games in the capital to three, with Twickenham losing hosting rights.

Wembley Selected For Extra UEFA EURO 2020 Matches

Wembley Stadium has been selected to stage an additional four matches at UEFA Euro 2020, which were originally scheduled for Brussels. 

Wembley will now host three group stage games and one round of 16 fixture at Euro 2020. This is in addition to London staging the tournament’s semi-finals and the final. 

The allocation of games to Wembley follows the news that the Belgian capital is delayed in building its 60,000 seater stadium and officials have failed to provide any guarantees that the stadium would be complete in time for the tournament in 2020.

18 cities vying for rugby finals

EPCR will appoint the host cities for the 2020 and 2021 European Professional Club Rugby finals weekend next year, following 'unprecedented' interest in staging the events, according to organisers. 

The simultaneous bidding and assessment processes will again be conducted with The Sports Consultancy, with 18 expressions of interest received from all over Europe for the 2020 event.

Crystal Palace unveils new stadium plans

Premier League side Crystal Palace has unveiled new plans to redevelop its home ground, Selhurst Park.

Club chairman Steve Parish announced the plans, expected to cost between £75m and £100m, which will increase capacity at the London-based ground from 26,000 to over 34,000.

The stadium has been home to the Eagles since 1924, with the renovation also providing new facilities for the community and look to transform the matchday experience for supporters.

WEMBLEY TO OFFER CONTACTLESS TICKETING

Wembley Stadium connected by EE will become the first UK sports and entertainment stadium to offer contactless ticketing for fans, after it was successfully trialled earlier this week. 

The new process aims to offer fans a new way to securely enter live events with contactless tickets added to Apple Wallet on their iPhone or Apple Watch.

A select number of customers trialled the technology at England’s recent home internationals against Germany and Brazil.

CSM Live announced as Wembley Stadium partner

CSM Live has commenced a new three-year contract with Wembley Stadium connected by EE, which will see the event branding and live experience organisation design, produce, install and remove branding in and around the national stadium. 

CSM Live has been readying Wembley Stadium for the two international friendlies, with five-time World Cup winners, Brazil, taking to the pitch on Tuesday 14th November, following the 0-0 draw with Germany on Friday. 

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