South Africa's oldest rugby venue faces possible demolition

CAPETOWN (Reuters) – Western Province rugby are to move from the iconic Newlands stadium to the Cape Town Stadium, built for soccer’s 2010 World Cup finals, in a move that will likely spell the end of the country’s oldest rugby venue.

Western Province, which includes the Super Rugby Stormers, will move at the start of 2021 after signing a deal with the City of Cape Town’s Council which makes them the primary tenant in a deal that potentially spans the next 99 years, a statement said.

Newlands now faces demolition and will be turned into residential space, although the statement issued about the move made no mention of its future.

“This is a watershed moment for Western Province rugby as we open an exciting new chapter which will help ensure our financial sustainability and grow the game in the future,” Western Province Rugby Football Union President Zelt Marais said.

The Cape Town Stadium has been used since the World Cup for concerts, special events and is home to two of the city’s professional soccer teams although they rarely manage to sell out the 55,000-seater venue.

The view from Newlands of the imposing Table Mountain has made it one of sport’s standout stadiums.

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