WP say no to CT Stadium

The decision to not further consider relocating to the Cape Town Stadium was based on a number of factors.

Cape Town Stadium. Picture: Leah Rolando/Primedia.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) has decided to remain at Newlands, turning down the opportunity relocate to Cape Town Stadium.

The WPRFU held a special meeting regarding their proposed relocation to the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, give feedback and to discuss the investigation of the feasibility and desirability to relocate.

In the findings, the report shows that the WPRFU are the owners of the Newlands Rugby Stadium, in turn, the clubs are the stakeholders and owners of the Union and a decision to remain at Newlands was carried by the clubs, unanimously and without abstention.

The decision to not further consider relocating to the Cape Town Stadium was based on a number of factors including the fact that spectator numbers at sporting events globally are under threat on an annual basis.

"We are concerned about the effect on the atmosphere in catering to smaller crowds in a 55,000-seater stadium."

Another factor was that the operating costs pertaining to events at Newlands Rugby Stadium are significantly lower than those at the Cape Town Stadium.

WPRFU said another consideration was the fact that the coordination of events at the Cape Town Stadium will be more difficult.