Newlands days as a major Test rugby venue in South Africa could be numbered.
This follows the announcement that Cape Town is to get a new 70 000-seat domed stadium in time for the 2010 World Cup on the site of the old Green Point track. The new stadium, based along the lines of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, is expected to host group matches and possibly a quarter-final and semi-final.
With Newlands’ capacity at around 50 000, it would make financial sense for the WPRFU to hold big Tri-Nations Tests at the new 70 000 venue from 2010. This has already happened in rugby circles with New South Wales playing their big Bledisloe Cup Tests at the Telstra Stadium (82 000) instead of the Aussie Stadium (40 000).
The only question now is whether the new stadium can be built in Green Point in time for the World Cup.
A new structure on the site of the old stadium would not be a change in existing land use so is unlikely to need rezoning. But any development which has the potential for being detrimental to the environment, which could include such problems as noise or light, has to be subject to an environmental impact assessment (EIA) in terms of national environmental legislation.