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CT City boss 'delighted' at prospect of sharing Cape Town Stadium with WP and Stormers

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  • Premier Soccer League club Cape Town City FC have been using Cape Town Stadium for home matches for the past four years.
  • Western Province Rugby Union officially made the switch from Newlands Stadium to Cape Town Stadium earlier this year.
  • City owner John Comitis confirmed that he is renegotiating a deal with Cape Town Stadium management and WPRU for his club to remain at the venue.


Cape Town City FC owner John Comitis has welcomed the prospect of sharing Cape Town Stadium with Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU).

The Citizens boss revealed that he is currently negotiating a deal with Cape Town Stadium management that will see WPRU and City officially share the world-class facility from next season onwards.

"We're at the crossroads now of renegotiating our situation with the Cape Town Stadium, and we’re actually delighted in the way that we have been received by the Cape Town Stadium with the ideas that they have come forward with," Comitis said.

"Obviously now they are involved with rugby and the kind of deals that they have been able to put together and with corporates coming into play and other sponsors at the stadium like DHL, who are saying we need football. It's not about exclusivity, in fact, it is on the contrary.

"They want a football partner to be a part of this whole agreement in terms of how the stadium is going to be run."

WPRU made the switch from Newlands Stadium to Cape Town Stadium this year after agreeing to a deal with the City of Cape Town.

Western Province and the Stormers have been playing their matches at Newlands Stadium, which is reportedly set to be redeveloped into housing and retail ventures.

The problem with the move to the Cape Town Stadium, though, is that the soccer and rugby seasons clash in South Africa.

Initially, the move created confusion for Comitis as Cape Town Stadium is a football venue, but now the club owner has changed his tune after meetings with all the parties involved.

"Being the present club that has been playing there and consistently been playing there for the last four years, the intention is to have us there for all 15 games (league matches) and find a way to accommodate us as a priority with rugby," Comitis said.

"So, if there is rugby on the same weekend, we’ll work out which days they will be playing and which days we play. Who knows, at some point, we’ll have a doubleheader with rugby which may be a great bonanza for the fans."

Comitis added: "I'm just very encouraged by the attitude that they have taken towards us, and I think it could be the beginning of some great events for football again where there is a lot of razzmatazz around the game.

"That's the good news. We're hoping in the next couple of weeks we'll be able to make an announcement. As a club to have a base and have a home as opposed to being gypsies in our own back yard, it’s a great thing for us to put down some foundations."

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