Tags: building, Campus Crossroads, Construction, weather, WInter Construction crews for the Campus Crossroads project made progress on initial construction steps and excavations around the stadium after the least snowy December in South Bend’s recorded history.“The construction team took advantage of this great fortune and worked six to seven days a week in anticipation of the onset of more typical winter weather, which, of course, began last week,” Associate vice president and University architect Doug Marsh said. “Formal construction work has proceeded well in the 50 calendar days since the end of the home football season.”Marsh said the winter work involves several “major earthwork activities.” Crews are relocating many underground utilities such as sewers, water service, electrical feeders, chilled water and drainage, and they are constructing new utilities tunnels along both the west and east sides, he said.Excavation of the student center basement began, and they installed “an extensive span of permanent earth retention system” on the west and east edges of the existing stadium system to secure the existing foundations, Marsh said. They have also installed temporary earth retention walls that will provide a platform for the mobile cranes which will be built later in the winter to erect the structural steel frames for the student center and academic buildings on the west and east sides.As the crew works on initial construction of the buildings’ foundation walls and footings, Marsh said the design team is still working out the details for the interior portions of the project.So far, construction is right on schedule and in line with the budget, University spokesman Dennis Brown said.“The ebbs and flows of weather are built into construction timelines,” he said. “This year’s pattern has made no significant difference on the time frame or budget for the project, one way or the other.”The website construction.nd.edu provides updates on parking and pedestrian/vehicle traffic. According to the site, the University’s two free campus shuttles have expanded their hours as of Jan. 5 to run continuously from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays to help people “navigate several major construction projects across campus and related parking adjustments.”The limited pedestrian walkways on the east and west sides of the stadium remain the same as those set before break. On the east, a temporary walkway allows access to Gates 1 and 2 of the Joyce Center, and on the west, pedestrians can use the DeBartolo Quad walkways or walk through the Mendoza College of Business and DeBartolo Hall.
Thousands of ticketless supporters of German club Cologne arrived at the Emirates, with kick-off delayed by an hour in the interests of “crowd safety”.Police, forced into deploying extra officers, made five arrests after dealing with “disorder” at the Emirates as Cologne fans occupied home sections of the ground, with an estimated 20,000 supporters having travelled from Germany despite there only being 3,000 away tickets.Arsenal fell behind early on to a brilliant long-range strike from Jhon Cordoba before bouncing back in the second half, substitute Sead Kolasinac equalising before goals from Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin saw the Gunners to victory.Afterwards Wenger said he was getting ready for the game to be postponed but was uncertain if the delayed kick-off was to blame for the Gunners’ poor start.Arsenal’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez passes the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match against FC Cologne at The Emirates Stadium in London on September 14, 2017 © AFP / Adrian DENNIS“It’s difficult to say,” he said. “It was similar for Cologne but we had some problems to get off, to start, yes. I don’t know, was it mental?“We waited patiently in our dressing room but what was difficult for me was I had all kind of plans to think about at some stage.”– ‘Infiltrate’ –Wenger added: “I had to think if we play tomorrow at what time do we want to play, do we play next week but they had the Bundesliga again midweek and we had a League Cup game midweek as well.Atalanta’s forward Alejandro Gomez controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group E football match against Everton at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia on September 14, 2017 © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA“But in the end at some stage I thought they would not play the game, because I can’t see the police taking any risk,” he explained.“We live in a society of 100 percent security and I thought they would never take a gamble to play this game when I saw the images around the stadium.“But I must say our supporters dealt well with the situation as well and there was no aggravation.”Wenger said Cologne fans had been “very clever” to get into areas reserved for home supporters.“I don’t know how they managed to infiltrate our fans and get everywhere but they did that very well. I don’t know if they went through Arsenal membership, on the internet… they did very well.”Atalanta’s forward Andrea Petagna (L) vies with Everton’s forward Nikola Vlasic during the UEFA Europa League Group E football match September 14, 2017 © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAOne social media post appeared to indicate scuffles inside the ground, with Richard Conway, a BBC sports news correspondent, tweeting: “Koln (Cologne) fans fighting with stewards inside Emirates stadium. Group arrived in home end and fought their way into away section.”Cologne coach Peter Stoeger refused to be questioned on the actions of the club’s supporters: “I have no comment about the fans,” he said.“I’m the coach, my job is the team, my job is football not the fans,” the Austrian added.Milan’s forwards Nikola Kalinic (L) and Andre Silva celebrate the second goal during the UEFA Europa League group D football match against FK Austria Wien in Vienna, Austria on September 14, 2017 © AFP / JOE KLAMARAsked on the eve of the match if he had a message for the thousands of travelling Cologne fans, Stoeger replied: “Enjoy the pubs!”Cologne are currently bottom of the Bundesliga table, having lost all three of their opening games in this season’s German top flight.But they qualified for the Europa League after finishing fifth last term.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Police inside the stadium keep an eye on Cologne supporters in the stands as the kick off is delayed due to crowd safety issues ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between Arsenal and FC Cologne in London on September 14, 2017 © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 14 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed he was contemplating a re-arranged fixture after the Gunners beat Cologne 3-1 in a Europa League opener marred by crowd trouble at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.The Group H fixture kicked off an hour late following chaotic scenes inside and outside north London club Arsenal’s home ground.