Business, Sport, Politics

Rugby bosses not budging on WC stadiums

By Andy Rice 18 August 2010

Everyone saw this one coming, yet nobody apparently planned for it - the last World Cup has left, vuvuzela in hand, and now no one knows what to do with the new stadiums. The solution that is most popular right now is roping cricket and rugby teams into the new stadiums. Except that stadium operators in Durban and Cape Town are having it particularly tough, with rugby bosses in a huge huff about not having being consulted before the stadiums were built. Saru boss Oregan Hoskins has stepped into the fray, siding with provincial rugby bosses against the evil stadium operators. Expect this one to drag on forever - the rugby administrators know they have the stadium operators in over a barrel. There may even be talk of government subsidies for teams moving into new stadia. The plan to bring cricket on board is probably bound to fail already - most of the stadia are too small to house a cricket pitch, and the one stadium that may crack it, Moses Mabhida in Durban, has that massive arch running down the middle of the pitch. Read more: TimesLive, SAPA via News24 and Bloomberg News.



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