It’s official: Cape Town will be the host city for the HSBC Cape Town Sevens rugby tournament for the next three years. The City’s Council gave the nod of approval for the three-year agreement (2016 – 2018) between the City and the South African Rugby Union earlier this week.
If the 2015 numbers are anything to go by, then December 10 to 11 will be another bumper rugby weekend for the Mother City.
“It’s all systems go and we are waiting to extend a warm Cape Town welcome to the capacity crowds on both days. All 55000 tickets for each day have sold out. The cherry on the top for all of us South Africans is that the BlitzBokke will run onto the field as the leaders on the log. The Mother City and South Africa are ready to support you on our home ground and at our world-class Cape Town Stadium,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Eddie Andrews.
The 2015 inaugural event proved to be a resounding success. Over the two days, more than 106000 spectators packed the Cape Town Stadium to enjoy some fast-paced action on the field. These numbers translated into an estimated R539 million economic injection into local coffers.
Last year, the spectator profile was made up of 34% from Cape Town (local), 21% from the Western Cape excluding Cape Town, 22% from the rest of South Africa, and 23% from other countries.
The average total visitor spend was R122 million spent by international fans, R154 million by domestic fans, R44 million by locals and about R3 million by the visiting teams (source: South African Rugby, study conducted by Grant Thornton).
Temporary road closures will be in place around the Cape Town Stadium to accommodate the thousands of fans making their way to the games this weekend.
In addition, the City has put in place a detailed transport plan to facilitate the ease of movement to the stadium. Rugby fans are urged to make use of the MyCiTi event shuttle that will depart from the Civic Centre bus station. This service will be free to event ticket holders.
* A list of the temporary road closures and the transport plan can be accessed by visiting resource.capetown.gov.za and clicking on the City Assets link.