FBK Hengelo Stadium Again Under Threat, by EME News, comments by Larry Eder

FBK Hengelo, May 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

One of my favorite events to attend is the FBK Hengelo Games. The facility, which would be fantastic as a dual purpose site, for football and athletics, may be turned into a football only facility by the Municipality. This is quite short-sited. 

One of the most historic meetings in the athletics world, the FBK Hengelo Games, is under threat. The Municipality is considering a football ONLY stadium, thereby destroying not only a historic tradition, but the opportunity for both young and old to continue the sport of athletics. The FBK Hengelo staff will have a press conference on Friday, September 13, to publicize this sad state of affairs. 

There is absolutely no reason why football and athletics can not complement each other in the same facility. I see them all over the country and world when I travel. 

We hope that the Municipality comes to its senses on this facility. It would seem better to give both the local footballers and athletics participants a place to compete and train than only one. 
HENGELO (NED): The FBK Stadium in Hengelo (site of the excellent IAAF World Challenge Meeting) is again under football threat. It is now proposed to the Municipality structures that the stadium will be changed to football only. That would virtually mean the end of the meeting and other athletics projects in the city. The organisers of the meeting will stage a press conference on Friday to explain their position. The Municipality Council is scheduled to make the final decision on October 8.


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