The Stormers will play in front of a live audience this weekend

More people will be welcomed back into the venues provided they can prove they are vaccinated or have tested negative for coronavirus.

The Stormers during training at DHL Stadium on November 10, 2021. Photo: @THESTORMERS/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN — For the first time in years, the Stormers will play in front of a crowd this weekend.

This follows the easing of COVID-19 restrictions this week.

More people will be welcomed back into places – like stadiums and concert halls – provided they can prove they are vaccinated or have tested negative for coronavirus.

Under the new guidelines, stadiums can be filled to 50% capacity.

“It’s been two years and two months since the Stormers played in front of a crowd because of the 2,055 seats we haven’t seen, so we’re so excited for Saturday to have some people back. We want so much to connect with them, it lifts the team a lot to have people there.”

Stormers coach John Dobson said the team was excited ahead of the game.

Bertie Grobbelaar of Stadium Management South Africa was relieved that more people could now enjoy sporting and cultural events.

“Not just for stadium operators like us, but for the whole industry considering cleaners, security guards, ushers, informal traders at venues. I think we are all very excited, a huge step, we’re not 100% there, but a huge step in the right direction”.

Chester T. Johnson