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DHL takes Cape Town Stadium naming rights

Cape Town Stadium in South Africa will be renamed DHL Stadium after the sponsor of rugby in Western Province struck a deal to acquire the naming rights.

The name change comes as part of a four-year deal, with the DHL Stormers set to move from Newlands to the stadium in Green Point.

This is the second of the major World Cup stadiums to have a sponsor opt-in for naming rights, with Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg naming rights being bought by FNB in 1989 and extended continuously.

The DHL Stadium will host two matches next year during the British & Irish Lions rugby tour.

The DHL Stormers will take on the Lions on July 3, before the Lions face off against South Africa on July 31.

Cape Town Stadium was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and is the home of Premier Soccer League clubs Ajax Cape Town (since 2010) and Cape Town City (since 2016). It has also hosted the South Africa Sevensrugby tournament since 2015.

The stadium had a seating capacity of 64,100 during the 2010 World Cup and this was later reduced to 58,309.

Image Arne Müseler

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