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CT Stadium date for Stormers

2013-01-22 17:55

Cape Town - The Stormers will play their pre-season friendly against the Boland Cavaliers at the Cape Town Stadium, EWN Sport reported on Tuesday afternoon.

The Capetionians are scheduled to play two warm-up games ahead of the Super Rugby tournament - against the Cheetahs on February 2 and Boland on February 9.

An official announcement regarding the venue is expected to be made on Wednesday.

Hosting the game at the Cape Town Stadium will be welcomed by the City of Cape Town, who have been at loggerheads with the WP Rugby Union over the last few years.

The city wants the union to move to the luxurious stadium in Green Point which has become a huge financial burden due to its high cost of maintenance. The stadium was originally built for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

The Stormers start the season-proper with an away game against arch-rivals, the Bulls, at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on February 22. They won the South African conference title last year, but lost a home semi-final to the Sharks.


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Comments
  • riaan.mastenbroek - 2013-01-22 18:27

    Great! Now also make the tickets affordable to the majority of people...

      craven.luyt - 2013-01-22 19:18

      Can't do that, imagine the meths drinking, NZ supporting riff-raff that will attend. Make it more expensive to keep the peasants out.

      goyougoodthing - 2013-01-22 19:22

      How do you reckon tickets would be cheaper if they move and are forced to pay rent where currently they have no bond? The shambles that was the building of stadia should not be rugby's problem. In Cape Town and Durban, the big bad rugby teams are being called on to help save soccer stadiums which are not built for rugby. Why don't the over paid soccer stars make their home in the new stadiums and PAY for the pleasure. At R20 a ticket, the PSL may be affordable, but it's not sustainable where the stadia are concerned. The TV rights, which stay with SAFA, are clearly the real revenue drivers. Perhaps that could pay for soccer grounds no one wanted and no one needs.

      lydonmcg - 2013-01-22 19:53

      Because they will get a massive cash injection from the sale of the land Newlands Stadium currently occupies, which developers would snap up due to land shortages in the area, and Cape Town Stadium can accommodate almost 20 000 more people than Newlands can. Thus more tickets sold = more revenue. The sooner you accept that the stadiums were built and are here to stay, the better for your own self-induced stress.

      Mandy Casey - 2013-01-23 01:31

      While they at it let the gov hire a few trains and buses from transnet and provide free transport to stadium. Just like AFCON.

      steyts - 2013-01-23 09:04

      @Lyndonmcg - Cape Town Stadium can only take 3 100 more people than Newlands due to changes they made after the soccer world cup. CT stadium full capacity = 55 000; Newlands full capacity = 51 900. Newlands also has a lot more suites. So unless they get all the money from the sale of newlands and a great deal from the City of Cape Town then I'm afraid a move will never be seriously considered.

      goyougoodthing - 2013-01-23 11:57

      Lyndon The CT stadium is not designed for rugby, the sight lines are too far, not as far as Durban, but far in any case. But let's talk practicalities: 1. There are less than half of the suites at CT stadium, this is a fair amount of revenue to lose and there does not seem to be any sort of solution on the table. 2. How would seats (and suites) be allocated at the new stadium? Would one penalise patrons who have been paying loyally for 40 years and expect them to fit in or would WP offer the best seats to them first? I know what government would want and I believe that the drop-off rate of both attendance and renewals would be high, limiting revenue even more. In Durban there is no way half of the life members would stand moving to a new stadium and losing their seat and group of friends, they would watch on TV, at home. Remember, season tickets are bought by the few - who buy on average 4 tickets each. That is a lot to lose. 3. Just because Newlands is freehold does not mean anything. How would you feel if government demanded that you sell you house and rent for the rest of your life, and give up exclusivity where you are renting, meaning at any time, someone could order you to leave for a couple of weeks. You haven't thought this one through, you should join government.

  • goyougoodthing - 2013-01-22 19:18

    Dumb idea. No going back from here.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-23 00:32

    Why is it up to the Stormers to find a use for soccer's white elephant? Go play your rugby at the home of South African rugby. There where other teams can also come close to the Currie Cup - when they run past the trophy cabinet when they run onto the field.

  • morne.s.smit.5 - 2013-01-23 03:07

    Football Stadium! Why is WP Rugby expected to save Capetown Municipality? Why must they go into debt for a Stadium they will never be allowed to own? What of their millions they will lose in Newlands?

  • rodneyvw - 2013-01-23 05:37

    Here is a novel idea - make football tickets and rugby tickets at the new stadium the same price and pay WPRFU a fee to make use of the stadium.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-23 06:02

      What! Are you crazy. Pay WPRFU to play there? That does not make sense. They will force WP to play there and then rent out the stadium to them at exorbitant prices, while Newlands, the home of SA Rugby, on which WPRFU owes nothing, sits idle. That makes more sense to the authorities in South Africa.

  • Eddie.Minora - 2013-01-23 09:18

    Just imagine no more Newlands, the 2nd oldest Rugby Stadium in the world disappearing, no more lekker braais on the schoolgrounds, no more tradision, ....this is BULL!!!! There is only one land, and that is Newlands!!!!

  • andre.malherbe.98 - 2013-01-23 12:12

    I have watched rugby from both Newlands and The Cape Town Stadium. Seen from a purly sporting point of view the Cape Town Stadium is much better than Newlands. Also keep in mind that if the WPRFU and the municipality can work hand in hand and allow fan walks etc like at the world cup it could make a home game so much more pleasureable and allow for more families to attend the games. There is abviosly more parking available(the one thing that gets my goat about Newlands) so getting to and from the games would be easier as well. Both venues have pros and cons attached to them.

  • just2Bornot2BRenier - 2013-01-23 12:24

    Where do we buy tickets for this game?

  • bheki.cele.1650 - 2013-01-23 12:48

    Newlands Stadium no longer meets new safety codes and regulations. It wont last much longer anyway. Having WP rugby at CT Stadium will be better for the City. Come on people stop being so narrow minded.

  • brigitte.cowden - 2013-01-23 15:18

    Warm up matches fine. But the HOME of WP and the STORMERS is NEWLANDS!!!!

  • moederstad.wp - 2013-01-23 18:39

    This is crazy, they could have used Newlands for the soccer, but no somebody had to earn extra money, Newlands is part of SA Rugby since the start, now it must chance. its crazy and stupid !!!!!!!!!!!

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