Profile: Newlands Rugby Stadium

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Newlands Rugby StadiumBoundary Rd, Newlands
Capacity of 51,900 spectators, and home base of the Vodacom Stormers, Western Province Rugby team and soccer teams Ajax Cape Town , Santos, Vasco da Gama. Public parking around grounds and wheelchair access.

History:

The decision to buy the ground the stadium stands on was made by the Western Province Rugby and Football Union in 1888. The first official match at Newlands took place on 31 May 1890 when Stellenbosch defeated Villagers there in front of a crowd of about 2,400 people. The following year the stadium hosted its first rugby test when the British Lions toured South Africa.

It wasn’t until 1919 that the first permanent concrete stands were erected on the grounds. Later, in 1927, the new grandstand was erected and the field layout was changed to run from North-South. Yet more changes came in 1931 when the South stand was also enlarged.

In the 1950s parts of a new grandstand as well as South stand were completed, facilities such as lifts and a Presidential room were added, a fourth bay was added to the grandstand, and an extension was added to the lower gallery.

The 1970s saw the stadium change once again as the headquarters of SA Rugby moved to Newlands, and several stands were built or renovated, while the 1980s saw private suites and function rooms erected on top of the North stands as well as demolition of the old South stand and inauguration of the new Danie Craven stand (also with private suites and function rooms). The 1980s also saw 10,253 seats added to the stadium.

Capacity:

51,900 , not all seats

Facilities: Refreshment Stands with alcohol licenses. Disabled facilities are available.
Websitewww.wprugby.com
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