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Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco known in English as St Mark's Square, is the principal public square of Venice, where it is known just as la Piazza. All other urban spaces in the city are called campi; the Piazzetta is an extension of the Piazza towards San Marco basin in its south east corner. The two spaces together form the social and political centre of Venice and are considered together; this article relates to both of them. A remark attributed to Napoleon calls the Piazza San Marco "the drawing room of Europe"; the Square is dominated at its eastern end by the great church of St Mark. It is described here by a perambulation starting from the west front of the church and proceeding to the right; the church is described in the article St Mark's Basilica, but there are aspects of it which are so much a part of the Piazza that they must be mentioned here, including the whole of the west facade with its great arches and marble decoration, the Romanesque carvings round the central doorway and, above all, the four horses which preside over the whole piazza and are such potent symbols of the pride and power of Venice that the Genoese in 1379 said that there could be no peace between the two cities until these horses had been bridled.

The Piazzetta dei Leoncini is an open space on the north side of the church named after the two marble lions, but now called the Piazzetta San Giovanni XXIII. The neo-classic building on the east side adjoining the Basilica is the Palazzo Patriarcale, the seat of the Patriarch of Venice. Beyond, the Clock Tower, completed in 1499, above a high archway where the street known as the Merceria leads through shopping streets to the Rialto, the commercial and financial centre. To the right of the clock-tower is the closed church of San Basso, designed by Baldassarre Longhena, sometimes open for exhibitions. To the left is the long arcade along the north side of the Piazza, the buildings on this side are known as the Procuratie Vecchie, the old procuracies the homes and offices of the Procurators of St. Mark, high officers of state in the days of the republic of Venice, they were built in the early 16th century. The arcade is lined with shops and restaurants with offices above; the restaurants include the famous Caffè Quadri, patronized by the Austrians when Venice was ruled by Austria in the 19th century, while the Venetians preferred Florian's on the other side of the Piazza.

Turning left at the end, the arcade continues along the west end of the Piazza, rebuilt by Napoleon about 1810 and is known as the Ala Napoleonica. It holds, behind the shops, a ceremonial staircase, to have led to a royal palace but now forms the entrance to the Museo Correr. Turning left again, the arcade continues down the south side of the Piazza; the buildings on this side are known as the Procuratie Nuove, which were designed by Jacopo Sansovino in the mid-16th century but built after his death by Vincenzo Scamozzi with alterations required by the Procurators and completed by Baldassarre Longhena about 1640. Again, the ground floor has shops and the Caffè Florian, a famous cafe opened in 1720 by Floriano Francesconi, patronised by the Venetians when the hated Austrians were at Quadri's; the upper floors were intended by Napoleon to be a palace for his stepson Eugène de Beauharnais, his viceroy in Venice, now houses the Museo Correr. At the far end the Procuratie meet the north end of Sansovino's Libreria, whose main front faces the Piazzetta and is described there.

The arcade continues round the corner into the Piazzetta. Opposite to this, standing free in the Piazza, is the Campanile of St Mark's church, rebuilt in 1912' com'era, dov'era' after the collapse of the former campanile on 14 July 1902. Adjacent to the Campanile, facing towards the church, is the elegant small building known as the Loggetta del Sansovino, built by Sansovino in 1537-46, used as a lobby by patricians waiting to go into a meeting of the Great Council in the Doge's Palace and by guards when the Great Council was sitting. Across the Piazza in front of the church are three large mast-like flagpoles with bronze bases decorated in high relief by Alessandro Leopardi in 1505; the Venetian flag of St Mark used to fly from them in the time of the republic of Venice and now shares them with the Italian flag. The Piazzetta di San Marco is speaking, not part of the Piazza but an adjoining open space connecting the south side of the Piazza to the waterway of the lagoon; the Piazzetta lies between the Doge's Palace on the east and Jacopo Sansovino's Biblioteca which holds the Biblioteca Marciana on the west.

Starting our perambulation at the corner near the campanile, where we left the Piazza, this side is occupied by the Biblioteca designed by Jacopo Sansovino to hold the Biblioteca Marciana. Building started in 1537 and it was extended, after the death of Sansovino, by Vincenzo Scamozzi in 1588/91; the building was said by Palladio to be "the most magnificent and ornate structure built since ancient times". The arcade continues to the end of the building with cafés and shops and the entrances to the Archaeological

Kristian Sk├Âld

Kristian Sköld was a Swedish chess player, four-time Swedish Chess Championship winner. From the late 1940s to the mid 1960s, Kristian Sköld was one of Sweden's leading chess players. In Swedish Chess Championships he has won four gold and bronze medals. Kristian Sköld participated in FIDE European Zonal tournament in 1951, he participated in the New Year tournaments in Stockholm. Kristian Sköld played for Sweden in the Chess Olympiads: In 1950, at first board in the 9th Chess Olympiad in Dubrovnik, In 1952, at fourth board in the 10th Chess Olympiad in Helsinki, In 1956, at third board in the 12th Chess Olympiad in Moscow, In 1960, at reserve board in the 14th Chess Olympiad in Leipzig, In 1962, at second board in the 15th Chess Olympiad in Varna, In 1964, at third board in the 16th Chess Olympiad in Tel Aviv, In 1968, at second reserve board in the 18th Chess Olympiad in Lugano. Kristian Sköld played for Sweden in the European Team Chess Championship preliminaries: In 1961, at second board, In 1961, at third board.

Kristian Sköld played for Sweden in the Nordic Chess Cup: In 1970, at five board and won team gold and individual silver medals. Kristian Sköld player profile and games at Chessgames.com Kristian Sköld chess games at 365chess.com Kristian Sköld chess games at 365chess.com

Fisher Stadium

Fisher Stadium is a 13,132-seat multi-purpose stadium in Easton, United States, is home to the Lafayette College Leopards football team. It opened in 1926 as Fisher Field. During 2006 and 2007 Fisher Field underwent a $33-million renovation, it reopened in time for the 2006 college football season complete with new seating, a JumboTron, a new press box, FieldTurf, field lighting. Construction of a Football Varsity House beyond the western endzone commenced in Fall 2006 and was completed before the 2007 season. Erected in 1926, Fisher Field was named for Thomas Fisher, Lafayette College Class of 1888, who single-handedly raised the $445,000 needed for construction through fund-raising efforts and a sizable personal contribution; the first football game played in the 18,000-seat structure came on September 25, 1926, with a 35-0 Leopard victory over Muhlenberg College. In 1973, during the construction of Allan P. Kirby Field House, more than 4,500 seats were removed from the north stands to make room for the structure.

A $33 million renovation in 2006 and 2007 brought new spectator seating throughout the venue, including chair back seating in select areas, additional visitor-side seating. A state-of-the-art FieldTurf surface, a press box were installed, improved restroom and vending areas were included. A 19-by-35 foot video matrix board, located in the northwest corner of the stadium, provides the Lafayette Sports Network telecast of the game and features "in-house" entertainment for Leopard fans; the facility seats 13,132, with additional seating for 2,075 added for the Nov. 18 meeting with Lehigh, which raised the capacity to 15,207. The Leopards posted their inaugural victory at Fisher Field at Fisher Stadium on Nov. 11, 2006, when Lafayette defeated Georgetown, 45-14. Lafayette wide receiver Joe Ort set the single-game school record with 274 yards receiving in that contest. On September 1, 2007, Lafayette opened its season hosting the first night football game at Fisher Field. Lafayette defeated Marist College of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 49-10.

Jim Finnen was the public-address announcer at Fisher Field for 50 years. He retired in 2014; when Lafayette College is host for The Rivalry with Lehigh University every other year, more than 3,500 temporary seats are erected to accommodate the sellout crowd of 17,000. These temporary seats are left standing during the week for use at the Phillipsburg-Easton game, thus the total number of seats for the high school football game vary from year to year. To commemorate the 150th edition of The Rivalry, the 2014 contest, a Lafayette home game, was held at Yankee Stadium. Fisher Field at Fisher Stadium acts as neutral site for the traditional high school football rivalry between Easton Area High School and Phillipsburg High School; the 2006 edition was televised nationally on ESPN2 as part of the High School Showcase. Easton won that game, the 100th meeting of the two cross-state teams, 21-7. List of NCAA Division I FCS football stadiums Fisher Field - Lafayette Leopards