So sad. Boet Erasmus in ruin

2013-11-07 09:00
Boet Erasmus Stadium (Twitter)
Cape Town - The former home of Eastern Province rugby, the Boet Erasmus Stadium, is currently in a state of ruin.

The stadium, which had a capacity of 33 852 and was named after Boet Erasmus, a former mayor of Port Elizabeth, was officially closed in July 2010. The last match to be played at the stadium was a friendly between EP and the Blue Bulls on July 3, 2010.

Subsequent to its closing, the Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) moved all games to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium which was built ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

The stadium is most famous for the 'Battle of Boet Erasmus' Test during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, in which the Springboks beat Canada 20-0.

The match saw not only a power failure, but the issuing of no fewer than three red cards - to Springbok hooker James Dalton and Canadian duo Gareth Rees and Rod Snow. Springbok wing Pieter Hendriks was cited post-Test, and along with Dalton, was banned for the remainder of the tournament.

Sadly, today, the stadium is in a state of rack and ruin, as illustrated by former Springbok legend Rob Louw's tweet and image, below.

So sad to see old Boet Erasmus stadium being broken down by vagrants. What's happening disgrace - Rob Louw

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