Lions reject Soccer City offer

2011-10-17 16:34

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."


  • Theo - 2011-10-17 16:59


  • Bootman - 2011-10-17 17:09

    Good grief!!! Imagine what 10 000 supporters would look like in a 90 000 seater stadium. Why was this even considered when the Lions are not even able to half fill Coca-Cola park.

      Hennie - 2011-10-17 17:54

      Haha Bootman, obviously you haven't been watching the rugby as it seems like you are talking about the BB suporters.If you want to see an empty staduim watch Loftus mate.Not that I would want our home grounds to be soccer city.this year our suporters are out there unlike wp and bb when they only get suport when winning.

      Dwerg - 2011-10-18 07:18

      Fair comment, but going to the inner city is 30 - 40km drive for most people and dangerous. Or so it is perceived

      hendri.schoeman - 2011-10-18 07:49

      @Hennie "unlike wp and bb when they only get suport when winning" Sorry, are you insinuating that the Lions have **ANY** support whatsoever when their team is losing? Ellis Park was hardly the most visited sports complex in the last few seasons... It's no small secret that Cape Town has the most loyal supporters. There's always people at the games, albeit sometimes in smaller numbers. In the S15 however, we have consistently had the highest number of spectators in the whole competition over the last few years.

      Johan - 2011-10-20 16:01

      Half of EllisPark is 30 000

  • Michael - 2011-10-17 17:09

    They can't even fill the current stadium and as for building on a "strong Currie Cup season", that's about to come to an abrupt end on Saturday :p

      Chloe - 2011-10-17 18:50

      Better than the bulls(calves) could do hey!!!

      Juan - 2011-10-18 08:23

      @Michael, We will talk again big mouth..................

      Johan - 2011-10-20 15:58

      Watching the games this season Michael? EllisPark has got 62000 seats compare that to Loftus, Newland or KingsPark, none has more than 50 000. Just watch the Game as Loftus, and you will see a lot of BLUE, BLUE SEATS ya!!!

  • Colin - 2011-10-17 17:13

    the in goal areas are too small for first class rugby matches!! These are purpose built football( soccer) stadiums.

  • Pieter - 2011-10-17 17:20

    What about some constructive contributions? How often is Newlands packed for their Curry Cup games? Once all the Gautrain lines are open, it will only be a pleasure to go to Ellispark.

      Scatmanza - 2011-10-17 17:57

      I think you will find that during the S15 Newlands had one of the best crowd volumes in the competition. However I always think twice before I go to Ellis park, due to the fact that I have been hijacked twice there.

      Remo - 2011-10-17 20:10

      Scatmanza maybe next time stay sober and leave the Hillbrow girls be and it wont happen to you again. All this comments about how unsafe it is at Ellispark is totally void of all truth. I have gone there this 8 times this year and accompanied by my 12 year old son and we have never had a problem.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-10-17 19:50

    SMSA 'noted the expertise employed by the Lions'. Well done, would SMSA please tell the Durban Council to show the same respect to the Sharks who don't want to move to a white elephant next door, with no suites and acres between the pitch and the spectators.

      Van - 2011-10-17 21:36

      These white elephants were just a waste of white taxpayers money once again. Nothing new! Cape Town should go ahead and demolish theirs.

      andriescombrinck - 2011-10-17 22:31

      It was a waste of ALL taxpayers money

      Bootman - 2011-10-18 08:58

      Thanks Van for enlightening us. I wasnt aware that only white people paid tax. Or do they just set white tax payers money aside to pay for these stadiums.

  • Neill - 2011-10-18 07:02

    Kevin, you are an absolute idiot! I am a huge lions supporter, and have visited ellis park a couple of times. But now day's, I will not... I pay more for some Zimmy to look after my car than I paid for the rugby ticket itself. It is a dangerous area, and I will not allow my family's safety be jeopardized there. Soccer city is safe, accessible and fun. Please reconsider. I think if you move to Soccer city, the lion fans will once again be able to have a safe and fun experience watching the Lions play, I know I will.

      uwe.klopfer - 2011-10-18 08:25

      it is a perceived danger, leave those Nigerian whores alone, keep with the crowds and well lighted areas. Ive have been to Ellis Park lots and lots of times', with my wife and 5 year old kids and have never had a safety problem.

      Remo - 2011-10-18 11:18

      Neil, I attended the tri nations game at FNB stadium, and it was a great spectable. Having said that the stadium is definitely not built for watching rugby. The seats are to far from the game.

      Johan - 2011-10-20 15:53

      Then why dont you just buy a parking ticket in the parkade for only R50

  • Douglas - 2011-10-18 10:59

    You know, I've been going to The coke tin for more years than i can remember, totally sloshed & a little sober, yeah, the traffics a pain in the arse, the bums trying to scrounge every last penny off you, but let's face it, it's no different to any other town in this country at the moment! So, if your a arm chair supporter, good for you! If you love the atmosphere, get on out there! If your looking for a Nigerian party, that's also good, just don't bitch about it when you get done over! & then slander the area of the stadium because you were being stupid & drunk! " GO LIONS!!!!!! "

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