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Mon Apr 21 14:11:16 SAST 2014

Fans must stop watching TV to save stadiums

Wesley Botton, Sapa | 12 July, 2012 10:334 Comments
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Safa CEO Robin Petersen during a media conference at Safa House on March 13, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa
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South Africans must watch less TV and more live events so stadiums used for the 2010 Fifa World Cup do not become white elephants, SA Football Association (Safa) CEO Robin Petersen said on Thursday.

“We’ve got so much football on television that people’s lifestyles have changed,” Petersen said at The New Age business briefing in Sandton.

“People prefer to sit back and change the channel between two or three matches, rather than going to the games, so we need to change our lifestyle.” 

Cape Town Stadium, which was controversially not awarded matches for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament, is considered among the facilities not being used to its full advantage.

The Western Cape region of the Congress of SA Trade Unions called earlier this month for the stadium to be converted into low-cost housing, with Western Province Rugby reluctant to move from Newlands to the newly-built complex.

While some stadiums did not have resident sports teams, Petersen said the multi-million rand facilities could be utilised for other events, such as live concerts, as some already were.

People, however, were not turning up in numbers to support events, and Petersen believed that was the major concern.

“If they bring rugby to Cape Town Stadium, which is the plan, it will do very well.

“Soccer City [in Johannesburg] and the [Peter Mokaba] stadium in Polokwane are doing fine, but it’s not about holding more events, it’s about drawing the crowds.”

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Jul 12, 2012
It is very simple SAFER must just allow people to bring in their own alcohol, instead of selling us those over priced beers at the stadiums...

Jul 12, 2012
I cant watch the quality of PSL football on TV, why would I watch it at the stadium. Improve the quality of football, then we will come to the stadiums.

Jul 12, 2012
Provide entertainment and people will come. Also added to this is security, comforts, transport etc. Remember you are competing against other avenues of entertainment TV, cinemas, TV games, cricket, rugby, the shopping malls to name a few. Why should I give up the comforts of my home (where I can switch channels) to come see a PSL game? Why do I find it convenient to watch an international cricket match than to watch a PSL game? These are the things your marketing department needs to address. For a start my daughter can identify with the cricketers than the soccer players. Its also cool for kids to say they went to Wanderers. Its safe to take my family to a cricket match.

Jul 12, 2012
A very good proposal to use these white elephants.
R a year stolen by these criminals!!!!!