City ‘never reliant’ on rugby for stadium upkeep

The Western Province Rugby Union yesterday announced its intention to remain at Newlands.

Cape Town Stadium. Picture: capetown.gov.za.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town said it was never reliant on the Western Province Rugby Union to make the Cape Town Stadium financially viable.

The union on Thursday announced its intention to remain at Newlands Stadium following a unanimous decision taken at a special sitting of its executive council.

Since the completion of the Cape Town Stadium in 2010, the city has been in constant negotiation with the rugby union about a possible move.

The municipality maintains the financial viability of the stadium has never been solely dependent on the rugby union.

The city's Garreth Bloor says several other alternatives exist.

"We've got a whole host of various revenue streams identified. It has gone to public participation."

Ajax Cape Town will continue to use the stadium as its home ground.

Bloor adds long-term tenants remain a key priority for the metro.