Athlone Stadium, known for its versatility and diverse offerings, is set to host two thrilling Currie Cup rugby matches. Despite having been transformed into a mass vaccination site during the Covid-19 pandemic, the stadium is making headlines once again as rugby returns to this iconic venue. Its continued relevance and adaptability are a testament to its lasting legacy.
The DHL Western Province will play against the Airlink Pumas on May 19, 2023, followed by a game against the Lions on May 26, 2023. Both matches will begin at 17:00, with gates opening at 15:30. The stadium, located at Cross Boulevard, Athlone, offers unreserved seating for R50 per ticket, which can be purchased through Ticketpro.
Parking and Access
General parking is available via Vanguard Drive (Jakes Gerwil) or M5 direction, with designated parking slots at P3 and P4. Alternatively, visitors may enter Hickory Street from Klipfontein Road (one-way) and turn left into P3 or P4.
City Officials and Support
Athlone Stadium is a strategic asset to the Economic Growth Directorate, and city officials are thrilled to see the return of rugby to the venue. Alderman James Vos, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth, commends the stadium for its adaptability. Alderman JP Smith, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, urges Capetonians to show their support for the Western Province players, emphasizing the importance of the Currie Cup in the rugby calendar.
A Resilient and Versatile Venue
With the passion of rugby fans and the excitement of Currie Cup matches, Athlone Stadium is poised to create unforgettable memories for all attendees. Its journey from hosting sporting events to serving as a vaccination center and now back to its roots with rugby games showcases the remarkable adaptability and spirit of both the venue and its patrons. The story of Athlone Stadium remains a symbol of hope, unity, and versatility for the community it serves.