Cape Town Stadium is set to operate under a new name from January after the Western Province’s headline sponsor, DHL secured the naming rights to the venue.
The Stormers’ new home was built in preparations to the first-ever FIFA World Cup held in Africa back in 2010, and hosted the semi-final between Uruguay and eventual finalists, The Netherlands.
The stadium has mainly been used as the home ground for football outfit Cape Town City, who first took up residence in the venue in 2016. Another club that has played its home games there is Ajax Cape Town. The 58 000-seater stadium also hosts the Cape Town leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series, which is held annually.
Ahead of Western Province and the Stormers’ pending move to the venue, situated in Greenpoint, it is set to be named DHL Stadium after an agreement was reportedly reached on Friday. The deal is believed to be worth R111 million, effective for four years from 1 January 2021.
Western Province Rugby will move to Cape Town Stadium in 2021, with their long-time base, Newlands set to be demolished. The Mother City is also expected to host two matches during the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, with the Stormers welcoming the tourists on 3 July 2021 before the Springboks host them there on 31 July in the second of three Tests.
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