Newlands to get a facelift

2012-03-02 12:36

Cape Town - Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) president Tobie Titus says the union is planning to renovate Newlands in the near future.

Speaking to Friday's Die Burger, Titus confirmed that the WPRFU has begun discussions with architects, civil engineers and land developers about several renovation plans to "stabilise" and "modernise" Newlands.

The stadium’s land needs to be redeveloped, and Titus said "financial reasons" will determine if Newlands will be retained or if the land becomes commercial. Specific renovations also need to be made to the stadium to meet the requirements of the Act on Safety at Sports and Recreational Events. This law was already implemented last year, but the owners of stadiums have a grace period of three years to comply with regulations.

The WPRFU wants a model planned on the prospect of the redevelopment of the land outlines. It will also consider Cape Town city council’s model for WP Rugby’s move from Newlands to the Cape Town Stadium.

However, at the union’s annual financial meeting, it was agreed that a move to Cape Town Stadium won’t happen any time soon.

"All we asked the clubs was if we should stay at Newlands or move. The decision taken was that rugby will be played at Newlands for the foreseeable future," said Titus.

The Stormers will host the Sharks in a Super Rugby match on Saturday. Kick-off is at 19:10 and a near-capacity crowd is expected.



  • Boer - 2012-03-02 12:59

    Demolish CT Stadium and safe millions. Just another anc cockup.

      Rob - 2012-03-02 14:22

      Not a bad idea -Japan demolished most of its world cup stadiums after it hosted the event. The stadium costs rate payers a fortune, reagrdless of what the counicl says, what with a limited design life for the roof etc... If the previous powers that be would of listend to the experts it would never of been built - Yep, get rid of it...

      Andrew - 2012-03-02 15:06

      Demolish Newlands and move to the best staduim in the Southern Hemisphere...CT Stadium has it all, including the best position in the world.... get with the times WPRU...vivaWP!!

      steyts - 2012-03-02 15:22


      Sean - 2012-03-02 21:27

      So you rebuild an old stadium and let a world-class stadium stand unused? This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. When an overseas asks to play in your city, you lose the opportunity by insisting they cannot play in the new world-class stadium. Same group of administrators, same stupid decisions. Way to go WPRU!

      Boer - 2012-03-03 09:23

      Why would the union go and pay to play at CT Stadium? Nuweland belongs to them. All the gate fees goes to them. Imagine this, you have a paid holiday house by the sea. You go on holiday but rent another house down the raod from your own house. Stupid don't you think?

  • brian.heunis - 2012-03-02 13:12

    Be prepared to watch Boks vs Argentina at your renovated Newlands for a long while yet Tobie Tightass!

  • Jan - 2012-03-02 13:23

    Low Class Stadium for a Low Class Team....

      Lionel - 2012-03-02 13:38

      Low class comment from a low class idiot!!!

      S - 2012-03-02 13:39

      It happens to be one of the world's legendary stadiums, for a legendary team, so keep your kommints to yourself.

      Jason - 2012-03-02 14:19

      Jan shows how much you dont know about rugby!

      Rob - 2012-03-02 14:26

      @blueraven - FIFA would only bring the cup to Cape Town if there was a new stadium... They did not want to use Newlands, so the ANC blew hundereds of millions, if not billions, ignoring the advice of experts on a white elephant stadium, when less than 100 million was needed to sort out Newlands.. Go figure...

      Ruan - 2012-03-02 14:26


      steyts - 2012-03-02 15:34

      @Blueraven - As far as I understand, the reason why they did not upgrade for the world cup is because of the 60 000 minimum capacity for the stadium. Unfortunately there is not enough space available at Newlands to upgrade the stadium to a 60 000 seater. That is what I heard, don't know if it is true...

      Saffa - 2012-03-02 15:55

      @Herman All roads lead to Loftus

  • Schalk - 2012-03-02 13:29

    Daar is nie pille vir dom mense nie.

      Jan - 2012-03-02 13:31

      Ek Stem Schalk, maar daar is hopelik eendag hoop vir WP/Stormers....

      S - 2012-03-02 13:43

      Ja, Pieter die Kanadoos, a.k.a. Doctor Death, het al Quikslim probeer, maar dit wou nie werk nie.

      Saffa - 2012-03-02 16:08

      @Jan Eendag? Bedoelend so oor 75jaar?

  • Deon - 2012-03-02 13:34

    A couple of trophies would be a nice facelift.... :-P

      Jan - 2012-03-02 13:35

      Agree Deon, Maybe the renovations include removing the trophy cabinet from Newlands.....

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2012-03-02 13:49

      @jan, won't help if they do that, it will just get stolen in the other provinces

  • Johan - 2012-03-02 13:34

    Stop wasting money. The place is as archival as the franchise. Go to Green Point !

  • johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2012-03-02 13:42

    Don't know why everyone would want to make this a degrading argument about the team, got nothing to do with them, and is still one of the better super rugby teams. (Yes I am a stormer). Rather get rid of those idiots running the show. I am no property developer but surely selling Newlands would make a dent the rental or lease of the CT stadium. At the moment it is being kept upright with tax payers money. My view is they should exchange one stadium for the other and WP rugby can pay extra what they were planning to spend on renovations

      Jan - 2012-03-02 13:44

      Stormers signed their own death warrant when they let Rassie go, he was the glue that kept their shaky boat afloat.

      S - 2012-03-02 14:37

      Jan, your pic says it all. Real cultured individual.

      Saffa - 2012-03-02 15:56

      @Maestro What has anyone achieved with the Stormers??? Sweet........ WP = JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY

  • Andre - 2012-03-02 13:49

    The bulls did in fact get more supporters by having played in Soweto-it was also more than that-the friendships made by that,are invaluable.

  • shaheen.johnson - 2012-03-02 13:56

    Why is this an issue? Aren't the Sharks still playing in the ABSA (Kings Park) Stadium? Why shouldn't they move to Moses Mabhida? Because it makes no financial sense to them. Now regarding WP/Stormers, WPRU owns Newlands, moving to CT Stadium, is like giving up your House to go to Rent elsewhere where the rent alone is actually more than the bond and rates you pay per month, makes no financial sense.

      Michael - 2012-03-02 14:11

      not only this but where at green point Stadium could people park and have the braai before the game and all that great fun that is had on the day not just from the kick off. this is what makes going to Newlands so much fun.

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-03-02 14:12

    Even if Newlands is one of the legendary stadiums like Landsdown Road and Cardiff Arms Park just to name 2, they have been completely torn down and rebuilt, so why not just move to CT Stadium

  • Ian - 2012-03-02 14:22

    Ag pleez man this is all a word game until the "right" deal is on the table for the move to CT stadium - we all know this - stop treating us like mushrooms.

  • Jan - 2012-03-02 14:28

    New stadium upgrades include state of the art Retirement Village, Oem Tas Papsak Corner & "Bring your Snoek We Braai it for you" corner.

      S - 2012-03-02 14:40

      Kommin klont.

      Saffa - 2012-03-02 15:59

      @Jan And there is a stage for stand up comedians. Every 10 min they push the Stormer trophy cabinet on there, the laughter can be heard for miles.

      S - 2012-03-02 17:10

      @Fake Saffa Its really sad that it's the only thing you guys have to try to hammer the Stormers. Why not talk about the Bulls' "brilliant" performance last year? Or the terrible next decade or two lying in wait for the Bulls? It should be even worse than your 1998-2002 embarrassment. The Super 14 is something of the past, it's a competition that does not exist anymore, it's ancient history, about as ancient as the Bulls game plan. Please tell me, which SA team has done best in the Super 15? How did your team do? How many current trophies have you got right now in the Moftus trophy cabinet? Wow, NONE?! [Shock, horror]. Not even a measly age group trophy? Not even a Conference Cup? (Sorry, the Klipdrift Cup for the Komminest Crowd doesn't count). Tappit.

      Saffa - 2012-03-02 17:43

      @Stirrer In the 1998-2002 period you referring to the Bulls won the CC twice and the Vodacomcup 3 times vs 2CC of WP and nothing else. So even in our worst years we outperformed you Jokers! Current trophies: Super-14 cup, Under 21 cup. And you?

  • James Parker - 2012-03-02 14:40

    Wprfu makes me sick. Lose your damn pride and just move to CT stadium. Whats the point history if you dont have any cups. ill say so myself.

      steyts - 2012-03-02 16:04

      WP still holds the record for the most currie cup wins... At Newlands... Obviously!! Keep Newlands, scrap CT stadium!!! Upgrade Newlands so that it can take 4000 more people and it will have the same capacity as CT stadium at a much lower cost to the WPRU...

      Jan - 2012-03-02 16:23

      @Herman Just a pity they have not won anything in the last 10 Years...

  • coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-03-02 16:45

    The whole stadium thing in SA is a mess If I were in charge I would push for Newlands/Kings Park/Ellis Park to be demolished But why would the unions want that? They currently own the stadiums so wont have to pay massive amounts of rent. Why not sell up and buy a 50% share in the world class stadiums...if only

  • Bootman - 2012-03-02 23:40

    The BBRU should give their supporters a facelift. Sies maar die goed is lelik.

      Saffa - 2012-03-03 00:09

      En die uittand gesuipte Nuweland skare? Wat hulle eie spelers boo?? Nou moet ek byse as my span 10 jr laas iets gewen het sou ek ook dalk begin boo!

  • richard.joffe - 2012-03-03 15:31

    You all need to grow up Rassie took stormers from bottom of the log to home semi finals in conjunction with alister and retained 95% of youngers the otheres went for money and look how they doing all injured or not in the team enough said.

  • richard.joffe - 2012-03-03 15:32

    as for cape town stadium they should move if they build more boxes newlands is rented out commercially which will go hand in hand with them not getting 100% of the purse at cape town stadium or maybe they can sell newlands and take that off the counsils hand,better parking,transport,food stalls and more modern better positioned newlands is awsome but time moves on and just caters for southern suburbs peops.

  • Ridwaan - 2012-03-03 15:50

    We should just start Rugby League in SA professionally (Tv broadcasts) , and have those games at "White Elephant " stadiums. CT stadium,Moses Mabhida, Mbombela, Rustenburg, PE, Soccer City, Orlando Stadium & Mokaba stadium, can all be used without this SARU/Home Union nonsense. Once South Africans are exposed to Rugby League, i think they will have a better following in this country than Rugby Union, just like in Oz & NZ. Cheetahs and Lions have that style of play, and everyone enjoys their running game. ITs a far more exciting game, less stoppages, and more of a running game and the ref doesnt have that much of an influence. If Supersport has binding agreements with IRB/SARU, then im sure a rival broadcaster would jump at the opportunity. Just a thought

  • Zion - 2012-03-04 10:00

    I know I am being nasty but if you look at the picture accompanying the article it looks like a million tomatoes in a super market vegie department.

  • Zion - 2012-03-04 10:10

    Newlands is an entrenched tradition so leave it that way.

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