Cape Town Stadium set to be renamed, following multi-million rand deal

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Cape Town Stadium is set to operate under a new name from January after logistics company DHL secured the naming rights to the venue.

The stadium was built in preparations to the first-ever Fifa World Cup held in Africa back in 2010, and hosted the semifinal between Uruguay and eventual finalists, The Netherlands.

Introducing DHL Newlands

Since the global spectacle event, it 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.

Cape Town Stadium breaks new ground 

Cape Town Stadium becomes the first 2010 World Cup stadium to secure a title sponsor.

The other venue operating under the name of a business entity is FNB Stadium – also known as Soccer City – which has had the name since the late 1980s.

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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