Free State wants stadium naming rights

2011-03-04 14:38

The Free State government wants the naming rights to the Free State Stadium, premier Ace Magashule said today.

“The Free State government intends to purchase the naming rights of the Free State Stadium from the Free State Rugby Union,” he said in his state of the province address.

The government had already started talks with the rugby union and was expected to finalise its commitment in the near future.

Magashule said this would include financially supporting the Cheetahs and the Griffons rugby teams.

The premier said the provincial government would also provide further support to the region’s football teams Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars.

“If we do not support them who will?” he asked.

Not only did the sporting codes attract people to the Free State when they played locally, but the province’s sports stars had a lot to plough back into the province, said Magashule.

“They are role models which can keep children from the streets.”

Magashule said Free State sport minister Dan Kgothule would announce more details on the provincial government’s contributions.?

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