March 28, 2013
Top 5 things you didn’t know about the Newlands rugby stadium
Ask any rugby-mad South African where the home of rugby is and they will tell you it's Newlands Stadium, or more correctly, DHL Newlands. It was at this stadium in a leafy Cape Town suburb that the 1995 Rugby World Cup kicked off, a tournament which South Africa went on to win.
So, here are a few interesting things you should know about Newlands:
- At 123 years old, it is the oldest rugby stadium in South Africa and the second-oldest rugby stadium in the world
- The Western Province Rugby Football Union made the decision to buy the ground on which the stadium now stands in 1888. The first official rugby match at Newlands took place on 31 May 1890, in front of a crowd of around 2 400
- The first permanent concrete stands were only erected almost 30 years later – in 1919
- Today Newlands Stadium has a capacity of 51 900, including some standing
- Newlands Stadium does not allow guitars, drums or vuvuzelas on the grounds
To learn more about Newlands Rugby Stadium and the history of rugby in South Africa, fanatics should pay a visit to the South African Rugby Museum at the Sports Science Institute, just a stone’s throw away from the stadium.
Not only does Newlands play host to this world-renowned rugby stadium, it is also home to one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world – situated adjacent to the rugby stadium.
For more information, visit www.wprugby.com.