Stadium on par for 2023

Stadium manager, Roelf Kotze..

SA Rugby recently submitted a bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup (RWC) at World Rugby headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.

World Rugby is set to announce the successful applicant on 15 November.

If the bid is successful, South Africa will be the first-ever country to solely host two Rugby World Cups and a Soccer World Cup (SWC).

Cape Town Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Moses Mabhida, Emirates Airline Park, Loftus Versfeld, FNB Stadium, Orlando Stadium, Free State Stadium and Royal Bafokeng also all meet the minimum requirements to host the RWC.

The venues’ file gave an in-depth view of the capabilities of each venue, with detailed specifications showcasing the superior venues.

“We were amazed by the specific detail that was required to host the RWC. Saru sent the document, which consisted of 81 pages, early April.”

“It was relatively easy as we were one of the host stadiums for the SWC in 2010. Questions such as the altitude, the length and width of the field and the quality of the pitch, and numerous technical specifications had to be answered,” said stadium manager, Roelf Kotze.

“Mbombela Stadium is a world-class facility. It would leave a legacy to host two of the most-watched sports in the world,” added Kotze.

Ireland and France are also bidding to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, and South African ambassador to Ireland, Ahlangene Cyprian Sigcau, handed in the 827-page, 8,2-kilogram document, detailing South Africa’s compelling argument for hosting the tournament.

Carli Koch
Sports Editor

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