World-class venues make this a worthy bid
SOUTH Africa will use a seven city/eight stadium master plan to host what the bid leadership believes will be the best ever Rugby World Cup in 2023.
Here’s a breakdown of the cities, their track record to host big events, and the world class stadiums in each city, four of which could host a Rugby World Cup final.
The National Stadium in Joburg will host the opening match, the semi-finals and the final. Sports enthusiasts flock to the city for the Two Oceans Marathon, named the world’s most beautiful marathon, with over 27 000 runners participating.
Cyclists have their pick of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world’s largest individually timed cycle race annually attracting 35 000 participants, and the Absa Cape Epic, a globally revered multi-stage mountain biking race considered the “Tour de France of mountain biking”.
Cape Town Stadium Cape Town Stadium will host two quarter-finals and pool matches. Nelson Mandela Bay
The stadium regularly hosts international rugby Tests, having since 2011 hosted the Springboks versus the All Blacks, England and Ireland. Previously known as Nelspruit, this city is located on the Crocodile River. The Innibos Arts Festival draws more than 100 000 visitors annually.
Mbombela Stadium Located in the Big Five animal safari region, Mbombela boasts a stunning stadium that is famed for its trademark zebra-patterned seating area, and roof-support columns that resemble Giraffe standing watch over spectators.