The iconic Newlands Cricket Ground is set to undergo a R450-million makeover.
According to the Cape Argus, construction is expected to start in March and will include a five-storey office building, auditorium, an indoor cricket centre, a school, museum, shops, restaurants and parking garages to make it more commercially sustainable. Spectator capacity will be unchanged.
Western Province Cricket Association’s (WPCA) chief executive, Nabeal Dien, said commercialising the precinct would improve the performance of the stadium as a world-class cricket venue and ensure its long-term viability.
Besides the developments, renovations and extensions are also proposed to the existing Presidents pavilion and Oaks area.
‘We are not always able to generate enough income to make cricket and the stadium sustainable. Our vision is to create sustainability for the stadium and cricket. We are commercialising it to make it a home to come to and to offer people enough to do,’ said Dien.
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