No new stadiums for Sharks & Stormers

The Sharks and the Stormers are unlikely to move from their current rugby stadiums into one of the newly built World cup stadiums for the Super 15.

South Africa built new stadiums for the Football world cup at a cost of more that $1 billion and they are already turning into white elephants.

In South Africa both Rugby and Cricket are more commercially successful than football and to keep the new stadiums alive financially both codes of sport would need to move into the stadiums.

However South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins told members of parliament in Cape Town this week that there had been no discussions between Durban city officials and rugby representatives before the $400 million, 70,000-capacity Moses Mabhida Stadium was built and the new stadium does not have enough suites to accommodate the Sharks suite holders.

Hoskins pointed out that the Sharks would have been able to provideyear round usage of the stadium as they play in the Super Rugby competition and the Currie Cup but moving now would be a “massive problem”.

“What we are discussing today should have been discussed before we built the stadiums,” Hoskins told AP.

“It is tragic for us as a nation that we have to act in reverse.”

In Cape Town the situation is just as bad and Hoskins says this is due to the because of the deteriorating relationship between the local Western Province rugby union and the Green Point Stadium operators.

The South African Press Association have quoted Western Province Rugby president Tobie Titus as saying that an independent financial adviser has advised them to stay at their current stadium of Newlands.

This means that the Green Point Stadium (pictured) could now be used only seldomly even though it will cost more than $6 million a year just to maintain.

Hoskins added that the hype generated by the recent World Cup also hid many of the issues, leaving the stadiums now struggling to bring in income.

“In 2007, before the new stadiums were built, I wrote to the minister of sport and said I foresaw major problems coming and I asked for the intervention of the ministry,” Hoskins told the committee.

“Unfortunately, we were all taken up by the soccer World Cup and in the hype we forgot we should have been talking to each other.”

In his brutally honest assessment, Hoskins said the problems threatened to make South Africa “a laughing stock.” “We want to use the new stadiums,” Hoskins said.

“We want to take the game to the people, but these issues are going to stand in our way in a big way.”

Even if Rugby and Cricket find a way to move into the new World cup stadiums it will be at the expense of the current rugby and cricket stadiums.

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