Thursday, August 19, 2010

Soccers Stadiums in South Africa are in danger

Too small to play cricket and discarded by the rugby stadiums that cost South Africa more than US$ 1,000 million for the World Cup this year seem to have already become white elephants.

The rugby and cricket have more commercial success that football in South Africa, and both sports need to move to the new-built stadiums and refurbished for the first World Cup in Africa, for facilities to generate income.

On Tuesday, the president of the Federation of South African rugby, Oregan Hoskins, told members of parliament in Cape Town that there were no discussions between the authorities of Durban and the representatives of the sport before the stadium Moses Mabhida, which cost $ 400 million and holds 70,000 people.

Hoskins said the Sharks, who compete in the annual Super rugby tournament in the local Currie Cup and could use the stadium all year-would have a "big problem" if they move to the new stadium.

"What we are discussing today should have been discussed before building the stadiums," said Hoskins. "It is tragic for us as a nation we have to act retrospectively."

The situation in Cape Town is just as bad, according to Hoskins, due to the deterioration in the relationship between the regional association of rugby and the Green Point stadium managers.

Local media reported that the leader of Western Province rugby, Tobie Titus, said the body will remain at the Newlands Stadium.

So the Green Point stadium, built in the shadow of the famous Table Mountain, may hardly be used and will cost more than $ 6 million a year just on maintenance.

The head of the South African Cricket Association, Gerald Majola, said the tennis stadiums are too small to host games of this sport, and said the blame lies with the cities that failed to consult the leaders of cricket before you build.

In July, the executive director of the South African Football Association, Leslie Sedibe, told the same parliamentary committee that football was a big challenge ahead for the stadium would generate revenue primarily from the low cost of tickets for matches the local league and the high cost of maintaining the facilities.

Sedibe's comments were just 10 days after the World Cup final, after South Africa and spent about 1,300 million dollars to build and renovate 10 stadiums for the tournament.

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