Move Sevens to CT: readers

2010-12-11 15:19

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – An opportunity to make use of the “white elephant” Soccer World Cup stadium in this city ... that is how Sport24 readers appear to view the future of the South African leg of the IRB Sevens.

The two-day rugby event is in the last year of its current contract at Outeniqua Park in George, and speculation is rife that it will almost certainly shift away from the Southern Cape venue.

With Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Rustenburg emerging as favourites to take over in 2011, we asked in a poll late this week: “Where would you like to see it held?”

And at the time of writing on Saturday, readers heavily fancied Cape Town Stadium: an overwhelming 49% of respondents – the total vote was approaching 1800 by Friday night -- had clicked that option.

Interestingly, next best vote was in favour of retaining the event in the small but hospitable George (26%).

There was notably more modest support (14%) for Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth and 11% for the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

Of course SARU are desperately keen to revive broad rugby interest in the still-ailing Eastern Cape, which might mean national public sentiment is largely bypassed in the decision-making process.

But cosmopolitan Cape Town in summer would be an attractive proposition both internationally and locally, with every chance that attendances at the Green Point venue – not in use nearly as much as its administrators and the sporting public would like at present – would comfortably eclipse those witnessed in George over the past few years.

Also in its favour is that key sponsors Emirates Airline have regular non-stop flights into Cape Town from their Dubai hub.


  • slowysa - 2010-12-11 16:24

    Leave the 7's in George, mos nie hulle skuld you waisted your money on a white elephant.

      Howzitekse - 2010-12-11 20:15

      Don't be a drip. Its a fantastic stadium, and will be used for awesome events, hopefully that will include the 7's. At least we are spending money on good things and priceless memories. The 7's are growing, and need a great venue. End of story.

  • Lydon - 2010-12-11 17:02

    Our money? National government paid for the stadium son.

      Arjen - 2011-01-05 16:42

      Hi Lydon, whose money do you think the national government used? The fact is they used our taxes, and the City of Cape Town also used our taxes for the construction, and may I add, the City will use your and my tax to maintain the stadium (about R46.5m p.a.), with very few planned events coming up in 2011 (3 according to Wikipedia, zero according to the stadium's website). So it is indeed our money being used, not too wisely, by others.

  • futurecapetown - 2010-12-11 17:35

    Is this the white elephant that has already sold 140,000 tickets for concerts in 2011?

  • Ryan - 2010-12-12 17:19

    They should move the sevens to the Mbombela stadium or the Peter Mokaba stadium as those two are complete white elephants. CT stadium will have concerts next year and already has the psl and then probably the stormers in the not too distant future.

  • Skubbe - 2010-12-12 23:22

    I am a Captonian and would have loved the Sevens to be in Cape Town... but after being in George this past weekend, I can only conclude that the Sevens should be moved as far as possible away from the barbaric South African All Black supporters with their agressive and unmannered nature (obviously NOT ALL OF THEM are like this but sadly, most are). I do not mind them supporting the All Blacks, but swearing and throwing insults at our team and to everybody around them questioning their behaviour ruins it for all the other supporters. If you can't play with your toys without breaking them, there will be no more toys to play with.

  • cstopforth - 2010-12-13 06:41

    You can see Cape Town people are relaxed and have nothing to do, than looking for a poll. If more workers so the poll, George would have won. Leave in George, and let the Government pay the maintenance on the SWC white elephant. 7's are a tradition in George by now, and I make the trips down to George for the 7's, but I wont do it for Cape Town.

  • Anslin - 2011-03-14 13:17

    I hope for George. Any news on whether a decision is being made?

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