Too small for cricket and missing suites for rugby, the stadiumsthat cost South Africa more than $1 billion for this year’s WorldCup already are in danger of turning into white elephants.Both rugby and cricket are more commercially successful thansoccer in South Africa, and both sports need to move into the newstadiums – built and renovated for Africa’s first World Cup – tostay financially healthy.South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins told membersof parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday that there had been nodiscussions between Durban city officials and rugby representativesbefore the $400 million, 70,000-capacity Moses Mabhida Stadium wasbuilt, and now it did not have enough suites to accommodate thelocal suite holders for the Sharks rugby team.Hoskins said that the Sharks, who compete in the annual SuperRugby competition and the domestic Currie Cup – and who could offernear year-round use of the stadium – would have a ”massiveproblem” moving into it now.”What we are discussing today should have been discussed beforewe built the stadiums,” Hoskins said. ”It is tragic for us as anation that we have to act in reverse.”The situation in Cape Town is just as bad, according to Hoskins,because of the deteriorating relationship between the local WesternProvince rugby union… Read full this story
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