Danie Craven Stadium

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Danie Craven Stadium
Danie Craven statue.jpg
Danie Craven Statue
LocationStellenbosch, South Africa
Coordinates33°56′24″S 18°52′25″E / 33.94000°S 18.87361°E / -33.94000; 18.87361Coordinates: 33°56′24″S 18°52′25″E / 33.94000°S 18.87361°E / -33.94000; 18.87361
OwnerStellenbosch University
Seating type16,000
SurfaceGrass
Opened1979
Tenants

The Danie Craven Stadium is a rugby union stadium in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Built in 1979, it is part of the Stellenbosch University's sport facilities. The stadium was named after rugby doyen and Springbok scrum half Danie Craven. The stadium holds 16,000 people.

The stadium was built on a portion of the old Coetsenburg Estate which was founded by Dirk Coetsee in 1682 after a grant of land from the Dutch Governor of the Cape Colony Simon van der Stel.

The Danie Craven Stadium is currently used mostly for rugby matches. The stadium played host to several games of the Varsity Cup, South Africa's premier inter-university rugby tournament since 2008. In the first three years of the Varsity Cup (2008–2010) the final also took place at the stadium. In 2008 the final was played between Maties (Stellenbosch University) and the Ikey Tigers (University of Cape Town). In 2009 the final was played between Maties and Pukke (North-West University). In 2010, the final was – again – played between the Maties and the Ikey Tigers. The Maties won these three tournaments. Subsequently the Varsity Cup final has been played in this stadium in 2013 (Maties lost to University of Pretoria Tuks), 2016 (Maties lost to Pukke), 2018 and 2019 (Maties beat Pukke and Tuks respectively).[1]

In 2020, football club Stellenbosch F.C. started using the stadium for its DSTv Premiership matches played at home.[2][3]

In the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the stadium hosted the game between Australia and Romania on 3 June.[4]

The stadium also played host to the 2007 Touch Football World Cup where it saw Australia claim the title of World Champions for another four years.

There have been calls for the stadium to renamed due to the racist statements made by Danie Craven regarding black rugby players.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "FNB Varsity Cup champions down the years". Varsity Cup. 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  2. ^ "Stellenbosch FC to play home games at historic Danie Craven Stadium". www.iol.co.za. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  3. ^ "Home Venues: Stellenbosch Football Club". www.stellenboschfc.com. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  4. ^ "World Cup Results – 1995 | SA Rugby Stats". sarugbystats.co.za. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  5. ^ "There will be a black springbok over my dead body". news24.com. Retrieved 2021-02-05.

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