PSL club's plans could shock the city

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SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews has confirmed that the club is currently looking to move out of Lucas Moripe Stadium to a more suitable home ground.

Caledonian Stadium, Sinaba Stadium, Makhulong Stadium and Mpumalanga Black Aces' former home Puma Rugby Stadium in Mpumalanga province are the four venues that have been earmarked by Matsatsantsa.

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Playing their home games at Puma Rugby Stadium in Witbank could prove to be a great decision for United bosses due to the football-starved community of Emalahleni and Middelburg, judging by the fact that the stadium was always full during the Black Aces days.

Currently only the pitch there need some work. The stadium is currently used by lower divisions clubs Witbank Spurs, Bakone and Witbank City Lads, who each pay R700 per match.

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"I don't want to ever be disrespectful to Tshwane, it's been our home you know, it's a place where we've been tremendously successful for over the past 16 years, but the truth is that Lucas Moripe isn't the right stadium for us," Matthews reveals to KickOff.com.

"We are a small club and with five-and-a-half-thousand fans. We've got an average fan base of around about 6 000 per game, and we don't need to play in a 30 000-seater stadium.

"When we look at teams like Highlands Park that are playing at Makhulong, they are three years in the PSL and they are getting the same size crowd as us and the vibe is so nice.

"We have the same size crowd with no vibe, why? Because we are playing in a 30 000-seater stadium. It doesn't create the atmosphere that you are looking for, and the athletics track in between you and the field, it's not ideal for us.

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"Caledonian Stadium would be ideal for us, but if we can't get a Caledonian-type stadium in Tshwane, I'll look where I can find a stadium that is 8 000-seater. For us to have a more intimidating atmosphere, to have a more vibrant atmosphere, we need a smaller stadium.

"My top five gates this year, three of them were in Mbombela. If that means exploring other options, whether it's Sinaba, whether it's Witbank, there's a few options that are up, we can no longer ignore them as a football club.

"It's something that we are looking at, at board level. Obviously there's this club licensing regulation that the PSL has and we will go through the necessary steps at any given time. I don't think it's a case of randomly picking any stadium.

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"As a club we would like to stay as accessible and close to our existing support base as possible. We've managed to do that when we were in Polokwane, we've managed to do that when we were in Mbombela. So we want to preserve our base.

"But also we want to test the market, and if that means taking a five-games package to a Witbank, to a Sinaba, to a Makhulong, it would be silly for us not to explore it.

"If I take the five worst gate-takings in our hands this year and I explore it somewhere else, then I compare next year how did these five games go in my new environment compared to where I was, I might get a big shock and find that nobody wants to watch SuperSport and be very grateful and go back to my 30 000-seater stadium and not complain."

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