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Special family ticket offer for Highlanders clash


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Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 15 Jul 2014 at 15:10
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The Sharks have announced ticket prices for Saturday’s Super Rugby knock-out clash against the Highlanders at Kings Park.

Ticket info is as follows:
Special offer – For just R350, two adults and two children can watch all of the action live from Growthpoint KINGS PARK (offer is exclusive to the north and south stands only)

Ticket Prices:
Adults – R150
Sibaya Super Stand – R90
Scholars – R80

As always, there will be loads of entertainment for the whole family. Matthew Mole, who had the most downloaded song on iTunes last year will be performing pre-match and at halftime.

Come on, Sharks fans – let’s get out there in numbers to support the team for the last time at home this year.



62 Comments

  • I’m more optimistic about the Sharks winning this whole thing than the chances of the stadium being filled to near capacity. That hasn’t happened in a long time, can’t see it happening now.

    One can only hope though.

    It’s seriously the best place to be when there’s 50 000 other people with you. No other place like it!

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.07.14 15:16:42 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 1) : It is a great place to be, but the biggest issue I have about going is that the seats are so close to each other, you sit right on each other, and not able to move, talk about rubbing shoulders.

    that said I wish I had season tickets I would be there every game, provided I bought two extra tickets on each side of me. :)

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.07.14 15:28:25 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • If it were possible I would have attended for the Matthew Mole performances alone, really impressed by the guy.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.07.14 15:33:52 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I have my tickets, we decided to treat ourselves and we have bought tickets in the Tekeweni Lounge :) Soooooooo looking forward to it! Goooooo Sharks!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.07.14 15:38:22 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 2) :

    I know, people has mentioned that before, but although I can’t deny that the seats aren’t that comfortable, I find it to be one of the best features of KP and have heard others say the same, because it allows supporters to be closer to the field, which in turn creates an awesome atmosphere, especially when the stadium is full.

    It’s a little less than comfortable, but totally worth it.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.07.14 15:41:44 by Letgo Reply
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  • I have only been to Loftus (twice :oops: ) and the seating are also very close to each other but its such an amazing atmosphere when its packed.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.07.14 15:53:50 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Hell if only we lived closer to Durbs we would have been there!!!! Go Sharks!!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.07.14 16:00:26 by JD Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 1) : Agree mate it will be you ,me and a couple of others as usual,only way it may fill up a bit more is if they give away free tickets as before

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.07.14 16:01:27 by benji Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 5) : @Uli Boelie (Comment 2) :KP is the worst stadium ,that nonsense is sprouted by old die hards who don’t want to cross the road to a proper stadium and what’s worse this bunch don’t even attend games at KP anymore anyway,go figure that one out

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.07.14 16:04:34 by benji Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 6) : you don’t know close seating unless you’ve been to KP mate

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.07.14 16:06:17 by benji Reply
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  • You know why else they don’t come and support u guys, its simple cuz WE know sharks not going to win, that’s why we the smart people won’t come and support you guys

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.07.14 16:14:18 by Windgat101 Reply

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  • @Windgat101 (Comment 11) : Flip Flop you have a point in that the general Sharks supporters are still not convinced ,but we will see this Saterday

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.07.14 16:36:23 by benji Reply
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  • @Windgat101 (Comment 11) :

    Win or lose, I have been and will always be there.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.07.14 16:37:47 by Letgo Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 12) : @Windgat101 (Comment 11) :
    Are you Joel Stransky or Nick Mallett must be one of them,can’t believe that there is a third sad Shark hating shit for brains out there,who spends his days on a Shark blog.Get some help dude,or get drunk or stoned or something,obviously have no hope of getting laid.

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.07.14 16:45:27 by The hound Reply
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  • @Windgat101 (Comment 11) : yOU rITE likE A verY SmaRT PeoPLe.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.07.14 16:46:21 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Windgat101 (Comment 11) : Agreed. Way better to support the Cheetahs cuz they like win all the time. Smart thinking there.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.07.14 16:49:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I first went to KP in 1957 as a 7 year old,when we sat on the grass,I have had season tickets for the past 20 odd years,and would be very sad to cross the road.
    But I do admit that the day has come when it needs to happen.I have only been to Moses for the three Soccer World Cup games in 2010.
    I sat in three very different places and on each occasion the seats were magnificent.
    It is a travesty that such a magnificent stadium is unused,and its almost criminal not to play our rugby there.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.07.14 16:54:13 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 17) : I agree

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.07.14 17:21:47 by benji Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 17) : @benji (Comment 18) :

    I don’t.

    Also a long time season ticket holder and also had the MM stadium experience more than once.

    I don’t rank it high amongst the stadiums, cricket and rugby, that I have been to.

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.07.14 22:08:13 by Letgo Reply
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  • @ windgat101 – very sad day indeed when a Cheeter supporter have to try and throw his dinkey toys around on a sharks blog, O hell might be because there is not to much to say on a Cheeters blog, win or loose we as black and white supporters stick togheter and love our team endless, even if we give them a lot of stick on the site, Black and White nothing else matters

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.07.14 08:58:34 by Henkb Reply
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  • MM is a modern iconic stadium,that could and should be promoted as a special sporting venue through out the world,it is instantly recognisable and is somrthing Durban people should be proud of.
    K.P has seen its day the toilets are shocking,outside the boxes the hospitality features are non existent ,the rain comes down on you even in the Gold season ticket seats,the crowded seating is uncomfortable .

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.07.14 09:02:17 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 21) : Plus am I the only one to think that it would be awesome and easy to paint MM to look like a Shark? I mean the arch can be the fin :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.07.14 10:18:32 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Henkb (Comment 20) : @Letgo (Comment 13) : isn’t it funny that these clowns visit a Sharks site to add their drivel yet I sure not one Shark supporter could be bothered to even access the other teams miserable sites

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.07.14 10:51:51 by benji Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 22) : Wonderful idea,

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.07.14 12:50:29 by The hound Reply
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  • I’d love to be able to attend a Sharks game, especially a playoff game like this one, and the ticket prices seem to be quite reasonable so here’s hoping Kings Park is full to the rafters this Saturday. The one thing I have noticed when watching the Sharks play is the team invariably has to get the crowd going and not the other way round. There’s always this low pitched hum that comes from the crowd, Durban people really need to learn to make some noise. The crowds at the Heineken Cup playoff games are an example of how to cheer a team on.

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.07.14 13:11:33 by Jacques Venter Reply

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  • The problem with Sharks moving to MM is that they have an extremely long lease on KP. Quick check shows that it only runs out in 2056. Rather keep that money for investing in players, staff, facilities, etc than have it waste on paying for two stadiums.

    For the Sharks to move, the municipality need to show that it will be in the Sharks best interests financially, which is something they have failed to do.

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.07.14 13:16:27 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 26) : If the Sharks moved to MM you would no longer need KP and you could bulldoze it and turn it into a hotel or anything else,the money you would make on it could pay for the lease.
    There are so many bullshit stories around this situation,no boxes for corporate hospitality,the running track around the field,they are smokescreens.
    Only in Durban could you have a lot of old white people stagnating in a rotting old stadium and inventing reasons not to move to the show house next door.

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.07.14 13:23:55 by The hound Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 26) : when last did you watch a game in that stadium?

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.07.14 13:52:17 by benji Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 27) : Erm riiight… just build a hotel or anything sounds like a great business idea. :roll:

    Perhaps you should apply to be their financial director if this money making malarkey is so ez pz?

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.07.14 13:55:56 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 27) : I agree,very well put,and as I stated above those self same bunch don’t even attend games anymore,B field is empty,very bizarre mindset

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.07.14 13:59:22 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 28) : 2007 but I went there earlier this year before SR started whilst on holiday.

    Dont’ get me wrong, I think MM would be awesome stadium for Sharks, but not if it puts the Sharks in a difficult financial situation. It’s bad enough the Sharks have to compete against the yen, pound & euro.

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.07.14 14:00:11 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 9) : You are a sad sad excuse for a Sharks fan! and KP has way more atmosphere than that white elephant, I went to watch a soccer match there, Pirates vs Polokwane or some other stupid team and even all the vuvuzelas couldn’t get an atmosphere there! Nope I would rather have the guy or girl next to me sit on my lap but be near the action where I can hear the calls and the takles than be half way up a stand watching match stick men play. Then I may as well watch on the comfort of my leather lounge suite!

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.07.14 14:11:27 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Windgat101 (Comment 11) : yep carry on supporting the Cheetah at least they win something every SR… even though its a wooden spoon, they must have quite a collection of SR and CC wooden spoons.

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.07.14 14:14:43 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 32) : when last did you attend a game at KP ?.and yes I am sad,sad for being one of the remaining few who actualy attend all games at KP whilst the stadium continues to empty around me

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.07.14 14:33:39 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 34) : According to Smit we’ve had the most fans at the stadium than any other SA team every week we’ve played there. Average has been 27500. Best SR game was 34000 and the test was 38000.

    I would like to see some previous stats because I get the feeling that it is on the up.

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.07.14 14:43:41 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 34) : Actually Benji you can get off your hobby horse because like you I have attended each and every home game, lose or win, rain or sun. Before last season I had missed only 5 home games since 2007, SR and CC! Last year I messed that record up because we left for Europe one game before the international break and only came back when SR was over, but CC saw me at KP again. Nope I can genuinely say I love the Sharks and watching them at KP and yes I am also disappointed when its empty, Durbanites/KZNer are really apathatic it seems! Even majour concerts skip Durban because no one can be bothered.

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.07.14 14:59:23 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 36) : Maybe people have stopped going to the game because the experience has got old stale and predictable.
    Nothing has changed in 15 years,old Dave McCleod with his amateur hour show host impersonation ,those insipid dancers of David Gouldy,it’s so predictable.
    The Sharks are not in the rugby business they are in the entertainment business.
    New venue new show,welcome to 2015 good bye to 1995,thats how you put bums on seats.

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.07.14 15:07:59 by The hound Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 29) : Do you demember what was at MM before the stadium.I will refresh your limited memory it was a rotting little soccer stadium.
    I spent a lot of my youth there playing and watching professional soccer in a wonderful little soccer league.On sunday afternoons it was the only venue in Durban,but it had its day and when it was bulldozed,there were very few tears shed,in fact you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who is emotional about it today.Danny le Roux,Les Salton,Ken Denyschen,the Mann brothers,Budgie Byrne,Henry Hauser,aw shit

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.07.14 15:25:01 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 38) : Soccer players of yesteryear liked their bird names – Budgie Byrne, Chicken Price, there must be more

  • Comment 39, posted at 16.07.14 16:14:24 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 37) : sorry boet but I can’t disagree with you more!!! If I go to a rugby stadium it’s to go and watch rugby not a show. Unfortunately I do not live near Durbs but if I’m in Durbs I’m at KP to watch the Sharks play. The people living in Durbs don’t know how lucky they are to be able to watch the Sharks almost every week and if they buy their season tickets at the start of the season they got rugby jerseys for free with the season tickets.

  • Comment 40, posted at 16.07.14 16:36:41 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 40) : I agree with you to a certain extent,but if you just want to watch rugby watch it on T.V.You get a better seat a kyk weer and a commentator to explain what you are watching.If you are going to the game it must be something more,a lot more it’s a show,and if you keep on watching the same show,you might as well watch it on T.V.
    When rugby first went professional,it became more than a game of rugby.It is not competing with other rugby games,it is competing with other forms of entertainment.
    The Sharks experience is something I was involved in creating back in the 90′s and it hasn’t progressed since then.It needs to be revitalised and a move up the road could be the impetus it needs.

  • Comment 41, posted at 16.07.14 16:47:42 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 38) : I’m failing to see what this or my limited memory has to do with anything we’re talking about. I was pointing out the financial reasons behind the Sharks not going to MM.

    You know that side project of demolishing that little soccer stadium and building MM cost about 3.4 billion rand. The operational costs at MM are about 88 million rand per year and that’s without any major maintenance costs because its new. It’s got a an ever increasing deficit now at 150 odd million I think.

    Suggesting that the Sharks simply bulldoze KP and a plonk a successful hotel down is just ludicrous for so many reasons, unless they’ve actually been in the hotel business all this time and just dabbled in rugby. I’d guess the actual KP landlords and their lawyers may have something to say about that. Or the more realistic one is they would have to buy themselves out of the 50 year lease. Surely that wouldn’t be too expensive?

  • Comment 42, posted at 16.07.14 18:08:41 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 42) : its not that ludicrous as it is a fact that Durban suffers from an acute shortage of hotel bed capacity with the last hotel built being the Suncoast hotel,also I think that the resigning of amy new leases wether for a further three or as you state fifty years ,will come under scrutiny in the forensic audit taking place

  • Comment 43, posted at 16.07.14 21:54:47 by benji Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 42) : in fact I bet you a bottle of Glenmorangie that the first item of the audit is that lease

  • Comment 44, posted at 16.07.14 22:00:25 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 43) : Strange that all these businesses that actually specialize in hotels haven’t realised this?

    Here is an actual fact for you. Kings Park lease ends in 2056. The Sharks are tenants.

    Don’t believe me, how about using google. It’s an amazing tool. Please while you at it look up whats needed to start successful hotels and how they are extremely long term businesses because I just cannot continue this debate.

  • Comment 45, posted at 16.07.14 22:50:57 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 45) : I gleen from your comments that you do not reside in Durban and probably not South Africa,so when last did you attend at the Tank?

  • Comment 46, posted at 17.07.14 00:31:38 by benji Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 45) :

    It’s going to be interesting to see the state of the stadium when the Sharks play their last game in 2056!!!!!

    Perhaps they’ll move then, because Moses Mabhida is sure to have plenty “character” and “atmosphere” by then also.

    In the USA, sports teams want (demand) new stadiums every 20 to 30 years. It seems to work out very well for them financially. In Atlanta they built a new stadium for the ’96 Olympics and then spent a ton to convert it into a baseball stadium for the Atlanta Braves to play in from ’97 on wards. The place is still in great shape with all kinds of decent facilities but not good enough for the Braves anymore. Earlier this year they announced they’ll be moving to a new stadium in the suburbs in 2016.

  • Comment 47, posted at 17.07.14 03:23:45 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 46) : did you gleen it from my reply the previous time you asked me that question?

    I’m really starting to suspect you are not actually getting the point I’m trying to make. It’s not whether or not the MM would make an awesome stadium but whether it’s economically viable for the Sharks.

  • Comment 48, posted at 17.07.14 08:06:31 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 47) : There is kind of slightly more space, money and people in the Us, no? Agreed I find that every times go to KP it feels old and not very well maintain, but there is no way I would ever want to move to MM, the seats are waaaay to far away from the field. People forget that there is space for a whole running track between the pitch and the stands, very poorly planned.

  • Comment 49, posted at 17.07.14 08:07:08 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 47) :

    Oh stop it. MM wasn’t built with rugby in mind. When US teams get new stadiums they build it for that specific sport, with specific improvements in mind.

    You won’t see any US football team moving to an awesome Olympic stadium, built for athletics, because football fields are very rectangular, even more so than rugby fields, as football fields are only 50 meters wide, whereas rugby fields are 70 meters wide.

    I highly doubt that the New England Patriots or the Dallas Cowboys would move to a stadium with a aesthetics track running around it. I can’t see why this should be good enough for the Sharks.

  • Comment 50, posted at 17.07.14 09:41:37 by Letgo Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 47) :

    In the US it’s all about money. Look at some comments from Americans on sentimental baseball stadiums.

    With the yankee stadium Wilpon’s and Yankee Global Enterprises (controlled by the Steinbenners) both had said they would be paying for the new stadiums but in the end the ball parks were paid for by grants from New York state and the owners walked away with piles of money and increased attendance income to pay for they claim the costs of the new stadiums that the tax payers of New York paid for these stadiums and these groups just rake in more cash.

    There’s money in nostalgia, hence Wrigley and Fenway park remain. However, there’s a LOT more money in new stadiums, luxury suites, expensive food and beverage in over-priced stadium restaurants, attached parking garages, etc. Old Yankee Stadium and Shea were designed in a time so far gone that you cannot even see it anymore. New ideas and new revenue sources will always win out over nostalgia. Wrigley and Fenway will be gone someday for that very reason

    They were old ballparks [ Yankee Stadium was 10 years than Shea ] that found themselves in a situation where it’s cheaper to build new ball parks than it was to renovate old ball parks.

    KP will eventually also have to go down, but it has to be a financial improvement before you look at anything else.

  • Comment 51, posted at 17.07.14 09:58:23 by Letgo Reply
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  • KP is still one of the better stadiums in world rugby, even with out all the frills that new stadiums have these days.

  • Comment 52, posted at 17.07.14 09:59:53 by Letgo Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 6) : My Condolences you must have lost a bet or something . . . :twisted:

  • Comment 53, posted at 17.07.14 11:02:38 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 48) : point being?So when last did you attend at the Tank?

  • Comment 54, posted at 17.07.14 13:30:20 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 54) : Are you serious?

    I have already answered this question that first time you asked. Too lazy to scroll up? Literacy issues? Need me to capitalize it?

    If you cannot or do not read my replies then I’ve got nothing more to say.

  • Comment 55, posted at 17.07.14 13:44:00 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 54) : @gregkaos (Comment 55) : I read through the comments and remember greg saying he went for a game in 2007, but was at the stadium again sometime this year.

    Oh and it makes no difference when last you were there. Nothing has changed. I was there in 2007 and every game in between, it’s still same old KP, nothing is more broken or more fixed than it was then. The maintenance is actually pretty good.

    The only obvious difference is the massive white stadium standing next to it, instead of people having a braai out of the back of their cars.

    Really a waste of money and a waste of space.

  • Comment 56, posted at 17.07.14 14:58:15 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 56) : 100% agree with you.

  • Comment 57, posted at 17.07.14 15:02:17 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 51) :

    Everything you say is correct.

    But the Sharks are in a quandary. KP will have to go down at some point. Nobody is going to built them a new stadium and nobody is going to tear down or modify MM. The City will probably try to prevent them from building in the same place themselves. Neither can they play the suburbs and the City against each other as teams do in the USA.

    Nostalgia is only of value for the long time die-hard fans and the team will get their money regardless. New stadiums bring in new fans and new money, but if they wait until MM has as much character as KP, there’ll be none of that either.

    In the ideal world, the Sharks and the City would have cooperated from the get go on the new stadium and created something of mutual benefit. This is not ideal, but I think the longer the Sharks wait, the worse it’s going to get for them.

  • Comment 58, posted at 17.07.14 16:22:16 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 58) : sorry but i must disagree with you. The longer the Sharks wait the shorter their lease on KP will be and the more desperate teh city will be to get a team in MM. The main problem is that you do not build a top stadium across the road from another top stadium. MM should have been build in another part of Durban but it seems to me if the city just took it for granted that the Sharks would move into MM.

  • Comment 59, posted at 17.07.14 21:13:57 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 59) :

    The lease is of little consequence. A stadium without a team has no value. The Sharks hold all the cards.

    Similarly, the Sharks should be able to get a good deal on using MM because it’s value to the city will be much enhanced. If they wait too long they’ll just end up with all the drawbacks of a FIFA & Track stadium and none of the boost which comes with the new.

  • Comment 60, posted at 18.07.14 00:06:57 by fyndraai Reply
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  • And then there’s always the risk that the city may use zoning laws to force the issue.

    Better to make a deal while you still can.

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  • @fyndraai (Comment 60) : @fyndraai (Comment 61) :

    Ok, but then you are looking at it in a very negative way. So just do it, otherwise it could quite possibly end up worse? It’s not that you feel MM is better, just that MM is better now than it will be in 50 years from now, or that it would be better to go on our own terms than being forced by the government to do so?

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