WP boss: Why CT Stadium is better than Newlands

    2018-06-27 20:47

    Cape Town - Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) president Thelo Wakefield says fans should not be saddened by their intended move from Newlands to the Cape Town Stadium.

    It now appears a foregone conclusion that the WPRU will move its headquarters to the more modern stadium that was built for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

    Wakefield confirmed earlier in the week that the union had held an “information session” with its clubs.

    He said the clubs were satisfied that they were “busy with a good thing”.

    Wakefield on Tuesday told Netwerk24 that fans will get an overall better experience at the Cape Town Stadium on match-days.

    “(That) is now very important. At the Cape Town Stadium you have the Waterfront and Sea Point. There’s also ample parking in an around the stadium.”

    He added that the decision to move would be a business one.

    Last Saturday’s Springboks v England Test at Newlands was therefore likely the last Test played at the famous old ground.

    Fifty-five Tests were staged at Newlands since the Springboks played the British Lions there in 1891.

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    The WPRU’s intention to get the ball rolling comes after recently announced plans to seize property belonging to the WPRU if the union does not pay back a loan in access of R44 million by July 6.

    WP's business arm was placed in final liquidation by the Western Cape High court in 2016 after the union was slapped with an R276 million lawsuit by Aerios for reneging on an advertising rights contract with the company.

    Aerios recently confirmed it would challenge the WP’s liquidation in court while it planned to proceed with suing the union for breach of contract.

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