Newlands is the oldest rugby stadium in the world still on its original site and will require expensive renovations in the next five to 10 years whereas the state-of-the-art facility, built in Green Point for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is a world- class modern complex with a post-tournament capacity of 55 000.
The Cape Town City Council and Western Province Rugby Union have been engaged in talks to move rugby to the stadium where WPRU will become the anchor tenants of the multi-sport complex.
WPRU chief executive Theuns Roodman would not reveal details of the talks with the city, or exactly how far discussions had progressed, saying only, “We haven’t spoken about deals. At this stage it’s just exploratory for us.”
Cape Town city council’s 2010 technical director Dave Hugo, who has been in consultation with WP said: “The discussion is at a very sensitive stage and we don't want to pressure anyone or create false expectations.”