Sharks deny moving to Moses Mahbida Stadium

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Admin on 26 Oct 2009 at 15:23

Following today’s announcement on East Coast Radio, The Sharks wish to confirm that they will not be playing their Vodacom Super 14 rugby at the Moses Mahbida Stadium in 2010. The venue for all of their upcoming games will be The Absa Stadium Durban.

Brian van Zyl, Sharks CEO, stated: “I would like to reiterate what I said last year, that we are still in ongoing discussions with the City and at this point, no decision has been made whether or not to move across to the new stadium. For a decision to be made, we would need to have in-depth consultations with all the stakeholders, together with our equity partner Supersport.

The City has, however, put forward a request to The Sharks to play a friendly early next year at the new stadium in order to try out the field conditions. At this stage, nothing has been confirmed as we would still need to determine where we will be playing our pre-season warm-up games.”

We will be posting a schedule of all our warm-up games via our website, sharksrugby.co.za, as soon as they are confirmed.

Issued by The Sharks Communication Dept


  • i think we got it first time 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.10.09 15:28:24 by rekinek (retreat -ing) Reply
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  • @rekinek (retreat -ing) (Comment 1) : Its been done like that on purpose. For the Bulls supporters to understand. 😀

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.10.09 15:32:36 by mbayshark Reply
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  • @rekinek (retreat -ing) (Comment 1) : let me fix it

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.10.09 15:34:59 by war1 Reply
  • @mbayshark (Comment 2) : hehehehehe

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.10.09 15:37:31 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • @mbayshark (Comment 2) : why should we bother – let them go to Moses :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.10.09 15:38:12 by rekinek (retreat -ing) Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 3) : whoops 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.10.09 15:41:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : i think i managed to confuse wordpress, still does not seem to be coming right, let me work on it again

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.10.09 15:43:35 by war1 Reply
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    @rekinek (retreat -ing) (Comment 1) :


  • Comment 8, posted at 26.10.09 15:44:06 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • i think our birthday boy has jumped into the Champagne bottel

    WAR1…go and read the rules – it says you are not allowed to post drunk!! 😉

    happy Birthday (for the 3rd time!)

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.10.09 15:51:47 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • i think that is better now, seriously, i just copied and pasted, no alcohol was had by me today, not even cough mixture :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.10.09 15:58:10 by war1 Reply
  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 9) : :mrgreen:

    @war1 (Comment 10) : that’s the problem with bdays on mondays 🙄

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.10.09 16:04:04 by rekinek (retreat -ing) Reply
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  • @rekinek (retreat -ing) (Comment 11) :

    Not allowed to take cough mixture?? 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.10.09 16:08:13 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 12) : he he, just emphasizing my point, i dont like too much alcohol, like i said once before, call me conservative, but I’ll have one tonight I’m sure

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.10.09 16:13:03 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 13) :

    I am not, so I’ll have a bottel on you!! :mrgreen:


  • Comment 14, posted at 26.10.09 16:21:14 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 12) : cough mixture – such a treachery thing. 🙄

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.10.09 16:26:54 by rekinek (retreat -ing) Reply
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  • Still not sure why it was built, always thought having two huge stadiums, like that, next to each other was ridiculous, you could never stage a football and rugby match on the same day it would be chaos, So why not upgrade the shark tank or would that be too logical for SA. Rather build a brand new stadium and waste millions of tax payer’s money and end up with a white elephant, because somewhere along the line, economics will dictate that the sharks move to the bigger stadium!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.10.09 06:33:21 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 16) : Kick-backs on a new stadium a lot more than on an ‘mere’ upgrade. 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.10.09 08:40:31 by McLovin Reply

  • the sharks were never going to move to the stadium next year. rugby damages the field too much. this is one of the problems loftus, ellis and bloem are going to have as the super 14 ends next year. so this article is premature. talks are probably still on the go about a move in 2011. the sharks also have to have a meeting with all the suite holders and roleplayers before a decision can be made, so they have to deny the rumours.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.10.09 14:54:13 by try time Reply

  • @Whindy (Comment 16) : simply put durban has been eyeing the olympics for over a decade now, the new stadium has been built with that in mind. not many cities in the world can boast as many sporting facilities in a square mile. durban has set themselves up in a big way for the hosting of the 2020 olympics. another reason is kings park is at its peak now. no upgrades could better it significantly. mm has a lot of upgrade potentual as well as it is a modern stadium.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.10.09 14:58:31 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 19) : But the stadiums are not designed with the Olympics in mind, where are you going to build the main stadium??

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.10.09 15:27:18 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 20) : mm is an olympic stadium, hence the athletics track. add kp as the soccer, rugby stadium. dcc used for golf. the old athletics stadium for warming up and practice, as well as the odd minor athletics event. kp pool swimming and waterpolo. there is even an equestrian area and stables for show jumping. and the upgrade costs are negligable compared to what any other cities in sa would have to pay to get their sports area ioc ready.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.10.09 15:55:07 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 21) : Makes sense I did not realise it housed athletics as well, well lets hope it comes true, I would move down there for that, my sister lives in Sydney and was there during the Olympics and said it was a wonderful experience

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.10.09 16:00:57 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 16) :

    @try time (Comment 19) :

    Dudes – Absa Stadium is …how am I gonna say this… “old”. It’s actually falling apart…

    I don’t think an upgrade would’ve been worth it or even possible- at least an upgrade to the level that Moses Mabhida is in.

    A compromise will have to be reached somehow…

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.10.09 09:21:13 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 23) : My only problem with the MM is will you have the same atmosphere, what with a track inbetween the field and the stadium, tend to loose it but otherwise I would agree with what you are saying!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.10.09 10:04:06 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 24) :

    I suppose they took that into consideration – the design seems to be more “sound-retaining” compared to ABSA…but this is only from my observation.

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.10.09 12:51:08 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 25) : But with the track around the field it puts the action further away from the supporters. If you end up sitting behind the posts, you will need binoculars to follow the action at the other posts! But I agree that the tank is looking quite old.

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.10.09 13:02:10 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 26) : And MM looks fantastic can’t wait to go on the official tour, its in November sometime I believe when it will be officially open to the public and you can take a ride up to the top of the arch!

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.10.09 13:04:06 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • SO the ABSA stadium could still become a thing of the past!??!

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.11.09 13:45:51 by Hmmm Reply

  • SO the ABSA stadium could still become a thing of the past!??!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.11.09 13:47:17 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 28) : @Hmmm (Comment 29) :

    Just in case anyone missed it the first time…lol

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.11.09 13:48:08 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Whindy (Comment 16) :

    It’s about as ridiculous as building a brand new state of the art stadium/concert venue in the middle of a gang ran ghetto like they did here. It is so bad that the police literally put up barricades from the stadium to the parking garage (a street or two away) and funnel everyone leaving into them bc otherwise you are taking your life into your own hands because if you were to take a shortcut outside of the barricades and get into trouble they won’t be able to come to your aid bc they are shorthanded.

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.11.09 23:15:05 by Milissa Reply

  • @try time (Comment 19) : Dream on. Durban is too much of a dump for the Olympics.

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.11.09 03:42:10 by fyndraai Reply
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  • The Olympics WILL be held in Cape Town!!

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.11.09 06:23:11 by wpw Reply

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