Thatscricket - News - SA stadiums to be revamped before WC

Published: Saturday, March 3, 2001, 20:30 [IST]
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Johannesburg: More than Rands 35 million would be spent on revamping various cricket venues to be used for the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, cricket administrators in the country said.The first venue to receive serious attention is St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth, where the semi-final of the tournament will be played out. Plans to modernise the crumbling grounds built nearly seven decades ago would cost about Rands 11 million.Other venues would receive cosmetic upgrades to bring them up to world-class standards. With the World Cup expected to draw hundreds of thousands of international fans to the country, the 2003 World Cup Committee is determined to ensure that the grounds are in top shape.Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, where the opening match would be played, and Wanderers in Johannesburg, the venue for the final, have been renovated in recent years, but would receive attention in respect of facilities such as the media area. Until now, such facilities have been used by limited overseas media contingents when series from their countries were played here. With the World Cup, every cricketing nation in the world would have delegates clamoring for limited number of media places.India Abroad News Service

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