Cape Town Stadium closer to rezoning

2012-07-26 10:06

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has approved the proposal to rezone the stadium in Green Point for commercial activity, it was reported on Thursday.

Tourism and events executive director Anton Groenewald would now ask the provincial government to amend the land use rights for the Cape Town Stadium, its forecourt and Green Point Park, the Cape Times reported.

When the stadium was built, strict regulations were put in place to appease residents' concerns about noise and traffic volumes.

After the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the stadium had become a headache for the city, costing it R44.6m a year to run with less than substantial hiring fees in return.

According to the report, the city wants to develop suites in the stadium, let commercial space to retail outlets and companies and set up temporary hospitality facilities in the forecourt.

Groenewald would have to facilitate consultation with all affected and interested parties, including the Green Point Urban Park Forum.

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-26 10:30

    Now that is a plan! Better than low cost housing!

  • SativaPhoenix - 2012-07-26 10:32

    Agreeing with John, the rugby needs to move from that Newlands stadium, which is falling apart. Are we going to wait for an earthquake to bring Newlands down with at least a hundred thousand watching before we realise that we have this new building capable of housing on-going sporting events?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-26 11:08

      True, Newlands is so old and decrepit.

      betsy.dorris - 2012-07-26 12:17

      Agreed. when walking behind the stands, its filthy dirty and depressingly dark. The food courts are disgusting and so too the toilets. It does not make for a family outing at all

  • dave.robbins.3344 - 2012-07-26 10:32

    Just what the "Stop the Stadium" crowd said would happen way back in 2005, but they were shouted down. Remember that the original FIFA document said that Newlands Rugby Ground would be upgraded to a 65 000 seater, and afterwards the WPRFU would bear the maintenance cost. "No, soccer needs a home of its' own" was the cry. Now CT sits with a R4.4 Billion stadium costing nearly R45 million a year to run - flatten the bloody thing if the ratepayers in the area stick by their legal guns and prevent it being rezoned. That will solve the problem going forward.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-26 11:09

      No, utilising the stadium to its full potential, and thereby making a profit, would solve the problem. How would destroying the thing help?

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-07-26 12:01

      You're right Dave, flatten it and save taxpayers R45m per year, it's probably the best option. @Wesley - the stadium cannot be utilised to its full potential. Even having the Stormers in there won't generate R45m per year, plus WPRFU will loose out on the income it makes at Newlands. So where will WPRFU get money from? There is no way that place will ever break-even, let alone make a profit like you think it can. Unless you have an idea that nobody else has thought of?

      dave.robbins.3344 - 2012-07-26 18:22

      Thanks for the comments, guys, I don't mind negative or positive ones at all. What I want to throw into the mix is that the stadium is going to cost R45 million a year (2012 buying power), and that is ongoing. Using the stadium to its full potential has not yet happened, and will it? If the rezoning goes ahead, there could be a court action by the residents (See the paragraph that begins "When the stadium was built") which is going to cost the city even more and delay the implementation of what they want to do. Delay it 2 years and you face the bill of R90 million (less whatever you have raised in hire fees). I just feel that throwing good money after bad with no guarantees pales into insignificance against biting the bullet, demolishing the stadium and stopping dead the annual R45 million bill (the dripping tap). Heck, I've used a lot of cliches in this!

  • roann.louw.7 - 2012-07-26 10:34

    can you say casino??

      captaine.morgan.90 - 2012-07-26 10:55

      Lol. I second that! Can you say "Addicts Anonymous".

  • tboz.mpshayakgale - 2012-07-26 10:56

    Rugby matches must also be played at Cape Town stadium just like they do @ Soccer City. I don't think rugby fans will have any problems with CPT stadium.

      leslie.williams.336 - 2012-07-26 12:11

      im a rugby fan and not fat. tboz wprfc owns newlands they have to pay each time they play at cape town stadium all im saying is why rent a house when i already bought one.

      harald.voney - 2012-07-26 14:20

      Polo... ur a dick

      tboz.mpshayakgale - 2012-07-26 14:32

      Leslie...i think its better Western Cape Rugby Union accepts the springboks games to be played @ cpt stadium, and then league games @ Newlands. Lions are doing a great job to allow big games for Springboks @ soccer city. So WCRU must do the same thing.

  • Quartus - 2012-07-26 17:59

    This stadium can be converted in low cost housing. Just close the roof. There are already ablution facilities, water and electricity. The pitch van be turned into vegetable gardens.

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