Stormers to host Cheetahs at Cape Town Stadium as WP Rugby moves headquarters

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Cape Town Stadium. (Photo by Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images)
Cape Town Stadium. (Photo by Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images)

WP Rugby enters a new era this weekend when the Stormers move away from Newlands to host the Cheetahs in a preparation fixture at Cape Town Stadium.

The union announced on its official website that the Greenpoint venue will be the home base for the Stormers and Western Province going forward, starting with Saturday's fixture.

In future all home matches of WP Rugby's professional teams will be held at the iconic stadium, which was built for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

While fans will be absent in the two preparation games that the Stormers will play against the Cheetahs (27 February) and Lions (27 March), they will form part of the action as soon as Covid-19 regulations allow.

Stormers head coach John Dobson says they have been training regularly at Cape Town Stadium over the last year and are looking forward to making it their home.

"It is a privilege for us to play and train at a world-class stadium and the players are very familiar with the venue.

"We cannot wait for the faithful to be able to join us at our new home and to see the stands full of our passionate supporters," he said.

Western Province Professional Rugby chairperson Ebrahim Rasool says the move to Cape Town Stadium signals the start of an exciting new future.

"We aspire to be world-class teams and brands, so it is fitting that we should play in a world-class stadium where our Faithful supporters can enjoy an unrivalled experience. We all look forward to sharing many happy memories at Cape Town Stadium,” he said.

Lesley de Reuck, CEO of the Cape Town Stadium, says having the Stormers and Western Province as anchor tenants is the realisation of a long-term vision.

“The Stormers and Western Province are sports teams that are synonymous with Cape Town and the passion of its people. We are thrilled to welcome the players, coaches, staff and supporters to Cape Town Stadium and could not be more excited about our future together," he said.

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