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The IOC has actually had to backtrack quite a few times at much later points in the process than host selection, 8 years out. The 1904 Olympics in St Louis and 1908 Olympics in London both were originally set to be staged in different cities and apparently moved within about 2 years of the games. Now, obviously those were a different era in the scale and ...


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The answer varies significantly by sport, and in part by team. Those reasons that are common: Training camp is often much more focused practice and learning time than other times (during the regular season). Think of it sort of like a retreat: you live in a more confined area, with just your teammates, and think "your sport" 24/7. It allows teammates to ...


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Cricket is governed by two things, the Laws of Cricket and the Playing Conditions. The former are strict and do not change very often whereas the Playing Conditions allow different competitions to make adjustments to suit their needs while still conforming to the Laws. In the case of international cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) maintains a ...


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An article on lawnstarter.com has compiled a list of NFL stadiums, and what type of turf they play on. Of the 32 professional teams, 56% (or 18 teams) play on natural grass. Of those 18 professional teams, 6% (or 1 team) plays indoors. The 18-team stadium breakdown on natural grass is as follows: Kansas City Chiefs (outdoors) Carolina Panthers (...


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Estadio Hernando Siles is not the highest stadium in the world. Estadio Víctor Agustín Ugarte, another stadium in Bolivia, is even higher with an altitude of 3,960 meters (12,992 ft). However, the highest stadium in the world is Estadio Daniel Alcides Carrión located in Peru with an altitude of 4,380 meters (13,973 ft) above sea level. This stadium is used ...


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The Olympic Village is a complex of accommodations used to house athletes, trainers, and officials during the games. In early Olympic games, organizers had to rent rooms all over the host city to house athletes and trainers. This was expensive and inconvenient. In the 1924 Paris Summer games, some cabins were built near the Olympic Stadium, which they ...


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As you can imagine, scheduling an MLB season is not the easiest task to accomplish. Especially with all the different specifications enacted by the league and the player's union. More or less, there have to be 2,430 games scheduled in a time frame between 178 to 183 days that minimizes travel distance and consecutive playing days (no more than 20 days in a ...


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Most of the time players will be facing the main stand. I'm going with the smaller one of the two long sides as the main stand. But it's a guess! Going on the image below you would have to buy tickets in one of the sections going from 131 till 145 (lower tier) or 232-246 (upper tier)


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No, it is highly unlikely that any prominent football teams use a pitch that is close to square in shape. On page 7 of the 2015/16 FIFA Laws of the Game it states: The length of the touch line must be greater than the length of the goal line. This means that it is theoretically possible for a football field to be close to square (eg. 89m x 91m). However, ...


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The slope actually runs across the ground, not down it as you suggest - so the ground at one side of the Pavilion is noticeably higher than the other. This does aid with moving the ball, but off the pitch (seam) rather than through the air (swing). Bowlers from the Pavilion end can move the ball into a right-handed batsman more easily, and vice versa from ...


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It's part of what Philip said and part for another reason. Club's want their players to feel comfy when they are not playing and you'll find a large majority of the seats have internal warming. However, one manager got rid of all the comfy seats, his reason, which makes sense to me is that the bench isn't a place where a player should want to be. The other ...


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Melbourne Cricket Ground is the largest cricket ground by area. The playing area in the  MCG is 172.9m x 147.8m. If we consider the boundary length of the cricket ground, ICC stated about this in the playing conditions that, In all cases the aim shall be to provide the largest playing area, subject to no boundary exceeding 90 yards (82.29 meters) from ...


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The three stadium Camp de la Indústria, Camp de Les Corts, and Camp Nou are the major ones but before FC Barcelona moved to Camp de la Indústria in 1909 they played in five different stadiums. Those five stadiums were Velódromo de la Bonanova, Campo del Hotel Casanovas, Campo de la Plaza de las Armas, Campo de la Carretera de Horta, Campo de la Calle ...


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From the viewpoint of FIFA, they are not interested in how much it would cost, since most of the money comes from the country that organizes it. They are interested primarily in the possible revenue the world cup would generate. Ethical reasons are also a factor (with the abysmal working conditions of the construction sites in Qatar, but they weren't known ...


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This is due to the population density of Russia. It makes sense that the World Cup matches are taking place in the most inhabited parts of the country rather than in rural regions. The map below shows the number of people per squared kilometers in federal subjects of Russia: Source: Wikipedia article on the population density of Russian subjects (In Russian)...


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From what I found, Angel Fernandez, the great commentator who is well known for his breathless GOOOOAAAAAAL screams, had a hand with creating the nickname 'Nou Camp'. Here's the translated version from this link: Angel Fernandez, an excellent football commentator, was the first person to call it the "Nou Camp" in those distant years, which resembled that ...


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The cricket board of the country which is hosting the series, will discuss with the local cricket boards to decide the venues for the matches. You can refer this link for reference, that the cricket board of West indies made the venue decision for the ongoing test against NewZealand.(same for ODIs too). You can also refer this, that the cricket board of ...


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A good way to identify the main stand they will be facing is to look for the VIP seating / Royal Box / Press seating. They will be facing in that direction. Mind, in some cases, if there are flags being raised or flown, some teams will turn to face in that direction.


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Don Biglia's comment is pretty much spot on - the soccer team just plays somewhere else, or not at all, when the stadium is in use for the Rugby World Cup. To take a couple of examples: Villa Park was used for rugby matches on the 26th and 27th September. Aston Villa played away at Liverpool on the 26th September. City of Manchester Stadium will be used for ...


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There certainly is a convenience factor in having space for the athletes close to the facility, when local hotels are likely to be crammed full of spectators. There are also security considerations that favor a concentrated location that can be isolated from crowds.


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The advantages of a nice comfy seat over a thin bit of plastic or a wooden plank are fairly obvious: Substitutes are more comfortable - this means they're not going to be coming on with their legs / whatever stiff from having to have been sat uncomfortably for an hour. Substitutes and support personnel are happier. This is clearly a good thing. I think the ...


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The Wikipedia article 2018 FIFA World Cup (link to the current revision) mentions that: All of the stadium venues are in or just near European Russia to keep travel time manageable. and Russia proposed the following host cities: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, ...


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The clubs don't allocate that amount to away fans, but to the area they're supposed to be seated in. If away fans buy tickets for the home or "neutral" zone the tickets will not count towards that limit. I often do that with my family and get tickets for a more "peaceful" area, because sometimes it's too dangerous for families to be locked up in a small ...


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A similar thing happened to Qarabağ FK (the first Azerbaijani team to make it to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League) in the Azerbaijan Premier League 1993. After the home city of the club Aghdam was attacked in June 12, 1993 and later occupied in July 23, 1993 by Armenian military forces and Qarabağ's home stadium "Imarat" was destroyed by ...


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In North America smaller venues are called arenas. Ice hockey, and basketball games are played in arenas where there's usually no more than 20000 seats, while baseball and American football are played in stadiums with no roof an much bigger seating capacity. However, bigger venues can also be called arenas. I've also noticed that the arenas of stadium size ...


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A trend is noted (for example on Wikipedia) that arena tends to describe a smaller space with frequent non-sporting usage, much more likely to be roofed, while stadium describes larger spaces with little or no non-sporting usage, often roofless. However, there are venues that look like most "arenas" which are named "stadium" and vice versa. The only real ...


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There is Shakhtar Donetsk who won the Ukrainian championship in 2017, 2018 and 2019 by playing their home games in Lviv and Kharkiv while their main stadium is in Donetsk. The "Donbass Arena" has been unavailable since 2014 due to the conflict in Crimea.


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Short Answer: Scientifically, the size of the arena is irrelevant to the shooting performance though the nervousness of playing in front of a big crowd can negatively affect a player's shooting. Long Answer: Statistically speaking, the stadium doesn't affect shooting by much (and this website makes that case). To prove this point, below are the shooting ...


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