Sports stadiums

Sports fans could soon be able to return to stadiums in South Africa. Image: @SaddamMaake / Twitter

Relief for sports fans as stadiums could allow 50% attendance – report

It’s been reported that government could soon confirm that sports stadium attendance will be allowed at 50% capacity for vaccinated fans.

Sports stadiums

Sports fans could soon be able to return to stadiums in South Africa. Image: @SaddamMaake / Twitter

Ever since the start of the pandemic in 2020, sports fans have been deprived of live sporting attendance, with the likes of cricket, rugby and soccer events predominantly taking place behind closed doors.


More recently, a limit of 2,000 supporters have been allowed at stadiums, but there has been an increasing call for this figure to be drastically increased and to open up the sports grounds around the country as the Covid-19 situation has stabilised this year.

According to iDiski Times, impeccable sources have indicated that a staggered approach could start with 50% crowd attendances this month, followed by 75% the month after and even 100% after that depending on the progress and success of the roll-out.

Prior to the recent Soweto derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, Deputy Minister of Sport Nocawe Mafu first told iDiski Times that the return of fans to the stadiums in large numbers was imminent. 

“Our people must just hang in there. We had hoped by now that probably we would have had at least 50% spectators on the stadiums. But remember, what has happened is that the National Disaster Act which is governing the COVID-19 controls, the President announced that they’re they’re doing away with it as the government and therefore that has affected the timelines. 

“But we really hope that we will be able to come back to those timelines in due course, hang on there, we know, we know, we are with you. `we also want to go back by the way to those stadiums. I wanted to go to the derby tomorrow as well (Laughing),” said Mafu at the time. 

Recent indications from the rugby world has also suggest sports stadiums could soon be filled out again

SA Rugby President Jurie Roux has also indicated that they soon expected good news in terms of the stadium attendance, with tickets going on sale for the Springboks’ home Tests in 2022, as well as for the Sevens World Cup in September.

“The global vaccine roll-out has allowed the return of capacity crowds around the world and we’re expecting that experience to return to South Africa by the time of the Sevens Rugby World Cup,” said Roux.

“It has been a long, dark winter for the Sevens in South Africa, but this marks our bursting back into the light.

“Health and safety of athletes and fans will be of the highest priority, and the current expectation is that all attendees will need to be vaccinated to gain entry. That requirement may be dropped in due course at which point the requirement will be removed. 

“We are envious of sports events around the world, which we have seen the return to full capacity stadia and are very much looking forward to enjoying that experience in Cape Town once again.”