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Stormers’ fans pack Newlands

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 7 May 2008 at 23:28

The Stormers have this year drawn their biggest crowds to Newlands since 1999. And Western Province Rugby (Pty) Ltd will derive huge benefits from the team’s success.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that last season, the crowds for Super 14 matches at Newlands averaged just over 28 000. This year the attendance has not dropped below 40 000.

Gavin Lewis, chief or marketing at WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd, confirmed on Wednesday that the Stormers had not drawn bigger crowds in any other season since 1999.

In that year, when Alan Solomons was the coach and Bob Skinstad and Corné Krige captained the team, the average attendance for the six home matches came to 46 173.

So far this year, with Rassie Erasmus as coach and Jean de Villiers as captain, the Stormers have drawn, on average, 44 312 spectators to their matches at Newlands.

And this week, when the Stormers play the Waratahs, there may be more spectators than last week, when 44 539 watched them beat the Brumbies.

“Ticket sales are good but there is still some room,” Lewis said.

Rob Wagner, managing director of WP Rugby, said they were grateful towards the Cape rugby public.

“This year is phenomenal. We have not had fewer then 40 000 spectators. Of course, this holds financial benefits for Western Province.”


  • Good example of how a successful team can turn a union’s finances.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.05.08 23:33:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Considering just how k*k they have been, an average of 28000 last season is quite good. What about other teams? Like the Bulls. :wink:

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.05.08 08:02:42 by racheltjiedebeer Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
  • Was at last couple of home game at Newlands and it was a real joy. Will miss saturday due to the time tho. Will have to make the mexican wave at home this time.

    Anyway I dont think this will save the Stormers from their financial nightmares.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.05.08 11:19:32 by PaarlBok Reply
    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • Must be an awesome sight… particularly watching all those Capey’s that support the opposition eating pie every weekend… hope the Boks can beat the AB’s there this season too!

    Go Stormers!

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.05.08 11:45:34 by bryce_in_oz Reply
    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player
  • We are at the other end of the scale, I think our biggest crowd this season was for the Blues game, which was about 11000, and then we got our biggest hiding of the season as well, 55-10.

    I guess we will get the biggest crowd in the last match against the Stormers though, but it won’t be Lions fans in the crowd.. :shock:

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.05.08 13:37:08 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player
  • Walter – so are the Lions definitely staying at Ellis?

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.05.08 14:00:39 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • It sounds like they will stop training there, but the matches will still be played at EPS

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.05.08 14:03:49 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player
  • oh – interesting.

    Makes no sense, of course, because the real problem is getting people to attend MATCHES, not practice…

    Although Tyibilika, Molefe and co don’t seem all that keen to do either ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.05.08 14:09:31 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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