Fans, especially those located in Tshwane, were unhappy with the decision, saying it denied them the opportunity to watch their teams in their home town.
SuperSport coach Gavin Hunt told KickOff.com this morning that he thinks South Africa should have a permanent cup final venue, a role that was played by the Rand Stadium in the past, but added that the surface and crowd at Orlando Stadium are positives for the game.
"The League has been following social network sites as well as certain media reports wherein it has been suggested that the final should be moved to Tshwane," the PSL's statement says, citing the following factors:
-The venue needed to be decided upon before the semi-finals in order to give us the necessary time required for planning a match of this nature. -The venue for the final needed to be 'neutral' for any permutation of the four teams in the semi-final -The venue needs to accommodate a dual broadcast with up to 28 camera positions as well as provide TV studio facilities on location -The venue has to have media facilities to accommodate 100 journalists as well as a press conference facility -The venue must have adequate parking facilities -The venue must have adequate hospitality facilities to accommodate key guests and stakeholders -The venue must have equal sized dressing-rooms so as to ensure fairness to both teams -The capacity of the stadium -Security and traffic considerations -The quality of the pitch and the general presentation of the stadium
The PSL consulted with all of the last four clubs, and although one club did object the objection was withdrawn before the semi-final matches this weekend.
The Final date is May 26; tickets go on sale later this week.