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City of Manchester Stadium

The City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, England known as the Etihad Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is the home of Manchester City and, with a domestic football capacity of 55,097, the sixth-largest in the Premier League and tenth-largest in the United Kingdom. Built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the stadium has since staged the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, England football internationals, rugby league matches, a boxing world title fight, the England rugby union team's last match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and summer music concerts during the football off-season; the stadium proposed as an athletics arena in Manchester's bid for the 2000 Summer Olympics, was converted after the 2002 Commonwealth Games from a 38,000 capacity arena to a 48,000 seat football stadium at a cost to the city council of £22 million and to Manchester City of £20 million. Manchester City F. C. agreed to lease the stadium from Manchester City Council and moved there from Maine Road in the summer of 2003. The stadium was built by Laing Construction at a cost of £112 million and was designed and engineered by ArupSport, whose design incorporated a cable-stayed roof structure, separated from the main stadium bowl and suspended by twelve exterior masts and attached cables.

The stadium design has received much praise and many accolades, including an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2004 for its innovative inclusive building design and a special award in 2003 from the Institution of Structural Engineers for its unique structural design. In August 2015, a 7,000 seat third tier on the South Stand was completed, in time for the start of the 2015–16 football season; the expansion was designed to be in keeping with the existing roof design. Plans to build a new stadium in Manchester were formulated before 1989 as part of the city's bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympics. Manchester City Council submitted a bid that included a design for an 80,000-capacity stadium on a greenfield site west of Manchester city centre; the bid failed and Atlanta hosted the Games. Four years the city council bid to host the 2000 Summer Olympics, but this time focusing on a brownfield site 1.6 kilometres east of the city centre on derelict land, the site of Bradford Colliery, known colloquially as Eastlands.

The council's shift in focus was driven by emerging government legislation on urban renewal, promising vital support funding for such projects. For the February 1993 bid the city council submitted another 80,000-capacity stadium design produced by design consultants Arup Associates, the firm that helped select the Eastlands site. On 23 September 1993, the games were awarded to Sydney, but the following year Manchester submitted the same scheme design to the Millennium Commission as a "Millennium Stadium", only to have this proposal rejected. Undeterred, Manchester City Council subsequently bid to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, once again proposing the same site along with downsized stadium plans derived from the 2000 Olympics bid, this time were successful. In 1996, this same planned stadium competed with Wembley Stadium to gain funding to become the new national stadium, but the money was used to redevelop Wembley. After successful athletics events at the Commonwealth Games, conversion into a football venue was criticised by athletics figures such as Jonathan Edwards and Sebastian Coe as, at the time, the United Kingdom still lacked plans for a large athletics venue due to the capability of installing an athletics track having been dropped from the designs for a rebuilt Wembley Stadium.

Had either of the two larger stadium proposals developed by Arup been agreed for funding Manchester would have had a venue capable of being adapted to hosting large-scale athletics events through the use of movable seating. Sport England wished to avoid creating a white elephant, so they insisted that the City Council agree to undertake and fund extensive work to convert CoMS from a track and field arena to a football stadium, thereby ensuring its long-term financial viability. Sport England hoped either Manchester City Council or Manchester City F. C. would provide the extra £50 million required to convert the stadium to a 65,000 seater athletics and footballing venue with movable seating. However, Manchester City Council did not have the money to facilitate movable seating and Manchester City were lukewarm about the idea. Stadium architects Arup Sport believed history demonstrated that maintaining a used athletics track does not work with football – and cited examples such as the Stadio delle Alpi and the Olympic Stadium with both Juventus and Bayern Munich moving to new stadiums less than 40 years after inheriting them.

The stadium's foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Tony Blair in December 1999, construction began in January 2000. The stadium was designed by Arup Associates and constructed by Laing Construction at a cost of £112 million, £77 million of, provided by Sport England, with the remainder funded by Manchester City Council. For the Commonwealth Games, the stadium featured a single lower tier of seating running around three sides of the athletics track, second tiers to the two sides, with an open-air temporary stand at the northern end; the first public event at the stadium was the opening ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games on 25 July 2002. Among the dignitaries present was Queen Elizabeth II who made a speech, delivered to her in an electronic baton, and'declared the Commonwealth Games open'. During the

Vlorë Air Base

Vlorë air base is located near Vlorë, Albania. It was constructed in the 1950s. Vlore is the second biggest port in Albania, after Durrës. Vlore was once the capital of Albania, was the city in which the country received its Declaration of Independence on November 28, 1912; the air base is south of the city of Vlore. The city is on the Adriatic coast in the southern region of Albania, it was built in 1950s and it is the home base of the Air Academy. The academy was built in 1962. In 1997 during the "lottery uprising", people destroyed the air base; the academy was rebuilt in 2002 to 2004 but the airbase wasn't. Instead, civilian homes were built over the airbase, and they joined partnership with the academy of kucove and that helped that form runaway data. Rwy 16/34, Size: 2,813 ft × 195 ft, Elev: 3 ft, N40 28 33.78 E019 28 27.04, grass airfield. During WWII the airbase was being used by flying CR42s; the Air force In Vlore couldn't happen without the help of the soviet union, they were named Forcat Ushtarake Ajore Shqipetare, known as albanias people army air force.

The first plane was the Yak-9 fighters donated by the soviet union. Many pilots had gone through training of the Yak-18 in the ussr and they were taken to Yugoslavia for more training of the Yak-3 planes before they were returned to Albania; the first pilot to fly in the Albanian forces is Petraq Polena born in Korca Albania. In 1955 the soviet union supplied 2 squadrons with Mig-15UTI trainers; some of the aircraft are still used in today's Albania air force. Main Runway: Rwy 16/34, Size: 2,813 ft × 195 ft, Elev: 3 ft, N40 28 33.78 E019 28 27.04, grass airfield. On 16 August 1969, a Douglas DC-3 of Olympic Airways was hijacked on a domestic flight from Ellinikon International Airport, Greece to Agrinion Airport; the aircraft registered SX-BBF, landed at Vlorë. List of airports in Albania Airport record for Vlorë Airport at Landings.com

1934–35 Montreal Maroons season

The 1934–35 Montreal Maroons season was the 11th season of the NHL franchise. The team finished second in the Canadian Division. In the playoffs, the Maroons defeated Chicago Black Hawks, the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs to win the franchise's second Stanley Cup championship. Tommy Gorman, after winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Black Hawks, was hired to coach the Maroons, replacing Eddie Gerard. Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold; the Maroons went against Chicago and won 1 goal to 0, or 1–0. Baldy Northcott scored the only goal of the 2-game total goals series, at 4:02 of overtime in game 2 at Chicago, they went against the New York Rangers in the second round and won 2-game total goals series 5 goals to 4, or 5–4. They went against Toronto in the Final in a best-of-five series and swept them in three games, or 3–0. Tommy Gorman became the first man in NHL history to coach back to back Stanley Cup Champions for 2 different teams.

Montreal Maroons vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Montreal wins best-of-five series 3–0. ScoringGoaltending ScoringGoaltendingNote: GP = Games played. In the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals, the Maroons defeated the Rangers, while MacKenzie played in a losing cause for the Rangers, he was included on team picture. However, under NHL rules MacKenzie was disqualified from winning the Stanley Cup, because he was a member of the Rangers when the Maroons won it. In 1934 Tommy Gorman led the Chicago Black Hawks to the Stanley Cup. In the off-season Gorman was fired after a dispute with President/Owner Fredric McLaughlin. Montreal Maroons hired Gorman as and he led Maroons to the Stanley Cup, he Coach to win back to back Stanley Cups with 2 different teams. Montreal Maroons did not include any playoff scores in 1935. Maroons on Hockey Database