Court rules on Soccer City

2010-08-11 11:45

Johannesburg - Soccer City will continue to be called the FNB Stadium, the High Court in Johannesburg ruled on Wednesday.

The court upheld the bank's naming rights, First National Bank spokesperson Derek Carstens said in a statement.

"The bank is pleased with this outcome and will continue with its promotional and other programmes bearing the name FNB Stadium."

The financial institution had taken National Stadiums, which manages Soccer City, to court to prevent it from changing the name of the stadium, outside Soweto in Johannesburg.

Wednesday's judgment meant promotional materials and tickets would now refer to the stadium as "FNB Stadium" and not Soccer City.

FNB's lawyer PF Louw argued in court last week that FNB had the right to the name of the stadium until 2014.

The stadium was completed in 1988 and owned by FNB. As part of preparations for the 2010 World Cup, the institution gave up its ownership of the stadium and transferred it to the City of Johannesburg.

Carstens said the bank, in compliance with FIFA requirements, agreed that the name and/or logo of the stadium be changed for a period starting three months before the soccer world cup opening match, and ending a week after the last match.


  • bob - 2010-08-11 12:07

    well done FNB, you've supported that stadium for years and should be allowed to continue..well rewrded for your support..

  • M2M - 2010-08-11 12:09

    I think it is fair, FNB has always involved with soccer and risked money upfront when it was not fashionable to do so and for a bunch of people just to come when risked are now low and have naming rights was not correct nor ethical. The company can continue to manage the stadium on behalf of Joburg Metro, as long as it is called FNB. Next time you want naming rights, put money upfront. Do not do like the pirate who outran SAFA and registered Bafana trademark as if he contributed anything to brand.

  • SaltyCrack - 2010-08-11 12:09

    Well done FNB, its about time the people own up to their responsibilities. it is fine while FNB sponser all and sundry because SAFA squanders their cash on ridiculous salaries for the top brass, leaving nothing for the development of soccer in this country. If you put up the cash, then you have the say...........FNB stadium it is

  • SB - 2010-08-11 12:12

    Come on FNB, even you must agree that the name "Soccer City" especially after the World Cup just has so much more GEES....

  • Brandon Faber - 2010-08-11 12:25

    Why not just take the middle road man? Call it "FNB Soccer City" and everyone is happy. Hell it even rhymes.

  • Load of BULL - 2010-08-11 12:28

    The FNB Soccer City National Stadium will host a Vodacom Trinations match and maybe even an ABSA Currie Cup game between Vodacom Western Province and the Xerox Lions or even a Vodacom Super 14 game between the Mr Price Sharks and the Auto and General Lions. I will bring my SABMillers coolerbox to quench my thirst while I eat my Afriforum boerie rolls. Corporate naming rights...what a load of BULL

  • JS - 2010-08-11 12:32

    I m so glad that the mane at least bears reference to the history of the Staduim. All through the years we have known the staduim as FNB, and i think the City of JHB owed it to the millions of SA to leave it as FNB. I hope sanity prevails and that name is left permanently as FNB Stadium.

  • Nation Building or Ugly Commercialism - 2010-08-11 12:35

    This is nothing for FNB to be so proud. This is a historical stadium and should be named with something which represents hopes and dreams FOR ALL South Africans NOT rampant commercialism. Can you imagine Wembley or Old Traffold or Nou Camp being called Bank of England Stadium, HSBC Stadium or Santander Stadium, Same goes for Ellis Park (Coca Cola Park) etc. These are part of the brands which own or use them ie South African Nation (Bafana, Boks etc) use the National Stadium or Freedom Stadium or Madiba Stadium etc (I am sure we can find better inclusive ones not political) or Lions (Ellis Park). Contract or no contract another reason not too like banks. Perhaps the FNB PR team should have chat with the boys in legal/marketing. Its called damaging your brand.

  • CitizenZ - 2010-08-11 12:47

    1988? Erm... back to the past?

  • TheOne - 2010-08-11 12:49

    I am glad that a private institution won the ANC controlled institution in preventing another name change without a care in the world. If FNB had a right to promote itself until 2014, then why did this government institution try their luck yet again? A vote for the ANC, is a vote against the very people they pretend to care about. It makes me sick why government have to be taken to court and yet they seem to always be above the law.

  • Johnathan - 2010-08-11 12:50

    What is going on in the second to last paragraph?? "The stadium was completed in 1988" ?!?! Massive typo?

  • Noko YA Mosebe - 2010-08-11 12:52

    The stadium should remain FNB stadium.It is FNB 's property.FNB bank,have made comprise by allowing safa and Fifa to change the name for the sake of worldcup and south africca .national stadium movement OR what ever they call themselves properly mUST build their own stadium so they change names as they like...

  • zaq - 2010-08-11 12:55

    Well, good for FNB! But the rest of us plebs will keep on calling the stadium: Soccer City!! Sort of makes sense, doesn't it.

  • Annoyed Boer - 2010-08-11 13:01

    P-R-E-T-O-R-I-A bly P-R-E-T-O-R-I-A hoor....

  • DeonL - 2010-08-11 13:09

    1988 the original FNB stadium was probably erected. They paid the bills, why should they not have FNB in the name? Good on you FNB, don't let you get boolied by others!

  • Faizel - 2010-08-11 13:14

    @Johnathan and CitizenZ: Its not a typo, the original FNB stadium was completed by FNB in 1988.

  • BladeRunner - 2010-08-11 13:14

    @ Load of Bull - very succinctly put man, seems very few people are bothered by this absolute rubbish of having to refer to sponsors for everything our teams do. At one point the Lions were called 'The Auto and general Super 14 Lions' - and the poor commentators couldn't cope! I do my best not to support companies that insist on this naming convention. Its embarrassing to say the least.

  • Heinrich - 2010-08-11 13:21

    @Load of Bull: So you want a "ban" on commercialism and pay a 1000% premium on your stadium tickets or watch even more commercial interruptions during the TV game. You need Economics 101 for Idiots, or are you the Load of Bull?

  • fishcake - 2010-08-11 13:25

    I agree with Brandon. FNB Soccer City sounds good to me.

  • The Voice of Reason - 2010-08-11 13:28

    I'm glad that FNB won this case, as they helped build a home for football when no one else cared. I do however wish that they would keep the name Soccer City, and call the stadium FNB Soccer City. To those who seem perplexed by the 1988 date, that is when Soccer City (as FNB Stadium back then) was first built.

  • @Load of Bull - 2010-08-11 13:28

    The Sharks is The Sharks and not the Mr Price Sharks - Mr Price is only the sponsor, they did not claim naming rights to the Sharks which is very different to Vodacom and ABSA etc.

  • Dusty - 2010-08-11 13:32

    Surely the article should then be headed as "Court rules on FNB Stadium"

  • @Johnathan & CitizenZ - 2010-08-11 13:35

    The FNB stadium WAS completed in 1988. You people are a bit confused I think. I'm also glad that the stadium remains as named.

  • FNB Soccer City.... Please - 2010-08-11 13:38

    FNB Soccer City would be the best name for this stadium. Yes we had lots of great memories at FNB Stadium and no one can challenge that. The first African world cup is also something to be remembered for many many years to come. So I appeal to FNB to reconsider including soccer city to their name. FNB Soccer City would be the great name. National Stadiums are full of crap, how dare they want to change the name just because it has soccer in it. If they have left this name as soccer city and not wanted to change this stadium to rugby stadium (all was set to coincide with the Boks game) everyone would have supported them. FNB is the Name and Soccer City is the surname.

  • Jimmy Jump - 2010-08-11 14:24

    Sanity prevailed, FNB stadium is the one we grew up knowing for us Diepkloof residents, now u have mapara from whatever who know shyt about soccer taking our gate takings money just for him to call national stadium, what kind name is that anyway.

  • @Noko - 2010-08-11 15:11

    Hahaha - the last thing SA needs now is another new stadium. But I get your point...

  • Kris - 2010-08-11 15:17

    Why Don't they call it the FNB Calabash. That was its nick-name for the World Cup

  • Fred - 2010-08-11 19:15

    FNB built and PAID for the FNB Stadium. End of story.

  • idnuf reccos - 2010-08-11 21:03

    Barclays Bowl (as in Superbowl) has a nice ring to it.

  • Tristan - 2010-08-12 07:29

    Why don't they just call it "FNB Soccer City", then everyone is happy. Bunch of idiots.

  • RS - 2010-08-12 10:26

    Is it not the same company (national staduim) that has no bee patrners, how did they secure the staduim contract

  • Tshepo - 2010-08-12 10:29

    What a piece of art. To me it really doen'st matter what you name it.

  • Mpho - 2010-08-13 17:44

    Juliuis Malema Stadium

  • DJ - 2010-08-17 09:33

    Soccer City is the name!

  • Joe - 2010-08-20 10:18

    FNB stadium, end of stories.

  • Courtney - 2010-09-03 09:55

    Govt can expropriate that land and property if FNB is giving them problem, in terms of the land redistribution. And tag it what ever name it want and fail to maintain it as it is failing to pay its emplooyees.

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