In this stadium


The Cape Town City’s Council recently approved a recommendation that the management and resourcing of the Green Point Athletics Stadium be moved to the Tourism, Events and Economic Development Directorate.

The current bookings, quoting and payment system of the Cape Town Stadium will be expanded to form a centralised operation for both stadiums.

Since its official opening, the GPAS has attracted a mix of events and, with the creative set-ups, has proven that it is a versatile venue for more than just athletics events.

‘The range of events held at the Green Point Athletics Stadium are testament to the fact that this facility is able to cater for a diversity of events. Each event held at the venue thus far had a unique set-up, making this facility accessible to all communities across Cape Town in a fully inclusive manner,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor.

Mentioned below are some of the events that have been held at the stadium:

  • One of the highlights, when the stadium was used quite extensively, was the Cape Town Games for the Elderly Persons, which attracted 4 500 spectators and participants. The participants were full of praise for the venue and were filled with a sense of pride at being able to participate at this world-class facility.
  • A church athletics day attracted close to 4 500 spectators. It was heartening to see young children and youth from communities outside the CBD participating in different activities with the crowds cheering them on.
  • The ITU World Triathlon Series made use of every available space either as offices, a satellite clinic, a media centre and a VIP area.
  • More than 6 000 people flocked to the GPAS for the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN registration process that was set up on the grassed area.
  • Organisers of the One Direction concert used the venue as a holding area, in marquees, for approximately 10 000 concert goers before they were moved to the Cape Town Stadium.

‘The scale and quality of this stadium means that participants will be able to perform on the same track as Olympic athletes. The young girls and boys who are dreaming of becoming the next global athletics icon now have the opportunity to make that dream a reality. Since our athletes will have a world-class facility, we have given them what we can to ensure that they grow into world-class athletes.

‘Looking back at the events hosted at the athletics stadium, I would like to encourage more residents to come forward and make use of the stadium. The return on the investment that we have made will only be visible if residents take ownership and make use of the opportunity that we have created. We look forward to the loud cheers and to many records being broken at the GPAS,’ says Councillor Bloor.

(Credit: The City of Cape Town)

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