George puts up bid to host IRB Sevens for next five years

George Executive Mayor Bazil Petrus announced on Friday (10 December 2010) that the municipality had joined forces with the South West District (SWD) Rugby Union  in putting forward  a bid to retain the George leg of the International Rugby Board’s (IRB) World Sevens Championship series. 

Executive George Mayor Bazil Petrus left, shakes hands with SWD CEO, Willem Small after announcing the bid to retain the George leg of the IRB World Sevens Championship Series

“It was a very stringent tender document but we feel confident that we have met all the requirements to keep the Series in George for the next five years,” said Petrus. “We have successfully hosted the George leg of this international tournament for nine years and we are very positive that we stand a strong chance of retaining it.”

Petrus said that one of the requirements is the capacity of the stadium to host large numbers of supporters.

“We have two options; the one option is to increase the capacity of Outeniqua Park Stadium, which currently seats 11,000 and nearby Rosemoor Stadium, whose capacity can be increased to 30,000 seats.”

Petrus said the R30-milion funding required would be sourced from the private sector, SWD Rugby, George Municipality and from provincial and national government.

Head of SWD Rugby Union, Willem Small thanked Petrus for the municipality’s support saying that George and SWD are ‘synonymous’. “Together we have successfully hosted the George Sevens for nine years and I am very optimistic that we will win the bid. Outeniqua Park is the best in the world.”

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