Currie Cup

Lions reject Soccer City offer

2011-10-17 16:34
Kevin de Klerk (File)

Johannesburg - Coca-Cola Park will remain the home of Lions rugby, the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) announced on Monday.

The GLRU and Stadium Management SA (SMSA) in a joint statement said the Lions had declined a final offer from SMSA to host their Currie Cup and Super Rugby home fixtures at the Soccer City Complex.

"We were informed by the Lions that discussions between us have concluded and that our offer was not acceptable to the Lions and that Coca-Cola Park will remain the home of the Lions," said SMSA chief executive Jacques Grobbelaar.

"We have noted the expertise employed by the Lions in assessing the possibility of the Lions relocating to the Soccer City Complex, and SMSA understands and respects the reasoning behind the decision made."

GLRU president Kevin de Klerk said Coca-Cola Park would remain the home of the Lions and the union was looking forward to future rugby fixtures at the stadium.

"We must now focus on rugby and build on our strong Currie Cup season," said De Klerk.

"The Lions will pursue any reservations about the stadium's locality and will continue to provide a friendly, pleasing environment as has been done over the past few years."

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