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WP on the spot as SAIL pull out.


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, WP on 8 Oct 2010 at 18:24
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The Western Province Rugby Union has accused the Cape Town city council of blackmail over the use of the newly built stadium.

WPRU steadfastly maintain that no rugby matches will be played at the Cape Town Stadium, which hosted many soccer World Cup matches earlier this year.

This is the latest setback for the Cape Town city council, after it was reported in Die Burger this week that the SAIL Stadefrance Operating Company (SSOC) had pulled out of its proposed long-term lease agreement before it even came into effect, claiming it was too expensive to continue.

The WPRU on Thursday said it would not be prepared to move any game – be it provincial match or a Test clash – to the R4.5 billion stadium.

WP president Tobie Titus reacted sharply to reports that the Cape Town city council would in future invoice the union for traffic services on match days at Newlands.

“We view it as blackmail,” Titus told Die Burger.

“It’s a subtle way of getting us to use the Cape Town Stadium. It was never an issue before.”

Titus added that the union’s willingness to pay for traffic services could “depend on the amount”.

With regards to the possibility of playing Test matches at the Cape Town Stadium, Titus had two words: “No Tests.”

Titus said that clubs, as shareholders, had decided in September at the union’s monthly meeting to respect an earlier decision that rugby will stay at Newlands.

Morné du Plessis, executive chairperson of SAIL Stadefrance, has assured he will work alongside the Cape Town city council to ensure a smooth hand-over.

Du Plessis said that despite the fact rugby would not be played at the stadium, soccer matches, concerts, carnivals and festivals could still be held.

Courtesy of Rugby 365



23 Comments

  • I’m afraid that WPRU as the Sharks may not have much say in the matter if SARU get their own way.

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2010/08/30/saru-plan-to-take-over-hosting-of-tests/

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.10.10 18:30:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I don’t see why they don’t just move and get it over with. Moses Mabhida stadium is beautiful and it has more seats so you can fit more Shark supporters inside.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.10.10 18:44:43 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 2) :

    yes you can. BUT and I’m not 100% sure of the figure here but KP has more than double the amount of hospitality suites than MM Stadium.

    So what happens to the extra income that would have been generated by the extra suites?

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.10.10 18:59:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    difference between Newlands and CT Stadium is more than triple.

    “There are issues such as the limited number of suites at the Cape Town Stadium. They have 110 and Newlands has 350″

    That will be a MASSIVE LOSS of income to WPRU.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.10.10 19:01:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • We all need to contribute to making the new stadiums work. While I was initially critical, I later found out that FIFA forced us to build stadia at specific locations – it was a WC-hosting necessity.

    We all enjoyed the WC, and will probably benefit from the extra visibility, so let’s look for compromises.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.10.10 19:01:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : I have never been to a stadium of that magnitude, what’s this suites you’re talking about?

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.10.10 19:04:33 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 6) :

    Suites are Boxes. ;-)

    @Big Fish (Comment 5) : Okay if FIFA did do that then surely MM stadium and CT Stadium were close wnough to the existing stadiums??????? Can’t blame that on FIFA.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.10.10 19:08:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Nah, we were told to build new stadia.

    Don’t get me wrong – I understand the Unions concerns; I would just like to see us make the stadia profitable.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.10.10 19:12:44 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : And what’s so special to these boxes :oops:

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.10.10 19:14:43 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 8) :
    Then surely they would have been told to build new in Bloem and PTA as well?

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.10.10 19:17:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Jarson (Comment 9) : Money, money, money… ;-)

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.10.10 19:17:30 by McLovin Reply

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  • Jarson
    Corporate companies rent the boxes/suites from the union. They use it to wine and dine their clients during rugby matches!
    I’ve been at quite a few at Newlands and it are awesome!! :cool:

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.10.10 19:20:20 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) : Waitering? :wink: Thanks for the info.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.10.10 19:23:23 by Jarson Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    Jarson is having us on. :smile:

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.10.10 19:25:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Nope Jarsy!
    You don’t mind if I call you that hey?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.10.10 19:30:39 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : Had an idea but wasnt sure. True. :smile:

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.10.10 19:32:13 by Jarson Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 15) :

    Mate of mine a few weeks ago at the british Club in Bahrain.

    my mate wearing a Glasgow Rangers shirt walks up to the bar and orders a beer.

    The barman wearing a celtic shirt says to him “Change your shirt if you want a 2nd beer”

    My mate walks off with his beer.

    15min later My mate walks back to the bar and says to the Waiter “Hey mate, my name is Craig”

    Barman: “I’m Andrew”

    Craig: “What do your mates call you?”

    Barman: “Andy”

    Craig: “Okay. Can I have a beer please Andrew?”

    Barman just shook his head and got the beer. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.10.10 19:40:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I dare anyone to tease a barman like this.

    http://www.snotr.com/video/5145

    :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.10.10 19:57:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) :

    NO WAY you’ll see the punchline coming

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.10.10 20:00:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : That are funny. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.10.10 20:02:30 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) :

    What is calvedos BTW?

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.10.10 20:03:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : no idea.

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.10.10 20:05:42 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 22) :

    AH! found it.

    Calvados is an apple brandy from the French région of Basse-Normandie or Lower Normandy

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.10.10 20:13:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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