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Clubs not keen on Green Point Stadium move


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, WP on 6 Aug 2008 at 07:10

The chances that Test rugby will ever be played at the new Green Point Stadium seem to be extremely slim.

The Western Province Rugby Union’s clubs decided at a secret meeting held on July 28 that the union should not bid to become operators of the stadium that is being built for the 2010 soccer World Cup tournament.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that this means Newlands will, for the time being, remain the home of WP rugby.

“We took the matter to the clubs. All, with one exception, voted in favour of remaining at Newlands,” WPRU chief executive Theuns Roodman said on Tuesday.

The South African Rugby Union moved, at the same time, to protect the interests of its provincial unions against a possible city council bid.

“The Sharks proposed that no Test should be played anywhere but on the home ground of an affiliated union unless permission is granted,” Roodman said.

Andy Colquhoun, SA Rugby’s communications chief, confirmed that Saru’s president’s council had ratified the motion.

Financial rather than emotional reasons

Roodman said the decision not to bid to operate the Green Point Stadium had been taken for financial rather than emotional reasons.

“There is a lot of nostalgia attached to Newlands but that’s not what the decision was about.

“Financially, we will not be better off if we move. There are only 150 suites in the new stadium and we would have had to build new ones.

“That means one would be paying to upgrade someone else’s property,” Roodman explained.

Western Province have upgraded, at great cost, the playing surface at Newlands and the rugby administrators are unsure about the surface at Green Point.

Other issues that had to be considered were managing the public area around the new stadium and property tax.

However, Roodman was unwilling to shut the door completely on the use of the Green Point Stadium.

“We wrote to the city council. The door is not completely closed. The union is willing to listen to anyone and we will then take a well-considered decision.

“Our next move (regarding the issue) won’t be soon. It may be reconsidered in 2010.”

Before the start of this year, it was thought a move to Green Point could offer a solution to WP’s financial problems. It was said a major banking group would be willing to pay R240m for the Newlands property.

At this stage, however, the WP administrators feel the union would be better off staying at Newlands. The union’s finances were also boosted by the Stormers’ success in the Super 14 competition this year.

Three other concerns have tendered to operate the new stadium. Tenders closed on July 31



4 Comments

  • “The Sharks proposed that no Test should be played anywhere but on the home ground of an affiliated union unless permission is granted,” Roodman said.

    Andy Colquhoun, SA Rugby’s communications chief, confirmed that Saru’s president’s council had ratified the motion.

    That’s the bit that i like :cool:

    Sharks thinki9ng on their feet and ensuring that the tests in Dbn will be played at KP and not Moses Mabhida. :cool:

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.08.08 09:00:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
     
  • I’m sure it is no secret that I am not particularly fond of Western Cape rugby…but Newlands is where our international rugby started…the birthplace of our rugby…and even as a Highvelder…I will stand to keep Newlands running if I have to…

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.08.08 09:13:06 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
     
  • They just changed Ellis Parks name and I am already aggrieved…. LoL

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.08.08 09:14:36 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
     
  • What has WP Rugby (& Sharks) got to do with the soccer hooligans’ problems? Seems Green Point & Moses Mabhida stadia were not that well thought out. They (SA Soccer) wanted to build them, they should use them.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.08.08 09:56:37 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
     

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