Univerity of Western Cape Stadium

(IRB.COM) Friday 23 March 2012

Our sporting history

The University is proud of the rich sporting tradition that has characterised the development of this institution since its inception in the early 1960s. Since the unification of South African sport in the early 1990s, UWC has shown its effectiveness on and off the sports field in a variety of ways. 

UWC is well known for its achievements in different sporting codes. As an institution, it has produced athletes to compete at provincial, national and international level. This is both on the competition field as well as at administrative level. 

Main stadium

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The main stadium is the heart of many codes and is currently utilised by athletics, rugby, football and for academic practical activities. The main stadium also hosts boxing training facilities, a gymnasium and multi-purpose rooms which make provision for karate, dance and aerobics. Although the stadium building is less than 60 years old, it is of sufficient importance to warrant a heritage assessment.

The building is characterised by the extensive use of concrete and red face brick. It is essentially composed of three main parts; the elevated raked seating or grandstand; the vertical red face brick and concrete walls that enclose spaces, frame views and connect functional areas and the final part being the barrelled steel roof.

The crowd capacity seating for the grandstand is 3,500, and a further 6,000 can be accommodated on the grass embankment.

The University, under the auspices of the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) participated in various 2010 FIFA World Cup activities. Apart from jointly pursuing volunteer training, and 2010 research, UWC was considered as a 2010 official base camp. The UWC Main Stadium has been audited to comply with FIFA Base Camp minimum standards.

In 2009, UWC hosted a warm-up match for the 2009 FIFA Confederation’s Cup between Poland and Iraq, one which televised to 40 million viewers in Europe.

Through funding from the National Lotteries Board via the Rugby Club, UWC managed to upgrade offices, change rooms and the completion of phase 1 of floodlights for the backfields. There are plans to complete the upgrading of the B-C fields floodlights.