Cape Town, 20 November 2023: The picturesque Newlands will be the stage where the SA20 2024 champions are crowned in the Final on 10 February. The stadium will also play host to the first Qualifier on 6 February. The Wanderers will host the two back-to-back knockout matches – the Eliminator on 7 February and Qualifier 2 on 8 February.
In addition, the City of Cape Town has been announced as the official ‘Host City – Final’ partner, a ground-breaking partnership which will promote Cape Town to the League’s global network and audience.
Cape Town has long been a sought after tourist destination of choice across the world. From its heritage sites and iconic tourism landmarks; to its diverse arts and culture; as well as pristine natural resources and varied outdoor activities – the City has it all.
“With only 50 days to go until the first ball is bowled, today marks another significant day as we announce the City of Cape Town as our Host City for the Final and confirm our venues for the playoffs and Final ,” SA20 League Commissioner, Graeme Smith said. “Summer and cricket have always been synonymous with one another and with the January/February window locked in annually, the SA20 will be the place to be. Cape Town is not only a global tourist destination for summer holidays but is a proven event destination successfully hosting the Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup Final, the Volvo Ocean Race, the URC Final, the Cape Epic and many more. This is a city with a unique vibe, iconic locations and incredible entertainment options. We look forward to it hosting a world class Final come 10 February 2024.”
The Wanderers has played host to some of the most memorable clashes in the history of South African cricket, including the famous 438 game, the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup Final and the 2023 SA20 Final.
Nestled beneath the towering mountain, the famous Oaks embankment, boisterous Railway Stand, distinct smell from the nearby brewery and breathtaking sunsets combined with legendary white-ball cricket contests… Newlands turns every match into a classic.
“As the City of Cape Town, we’re excited to partner with SA20 and showcase our beautiful city during their Season 2 playoffs and Final. We were proud when the joint-most successful IPL team, Mumbai Indians, chose Cape Town to be home for their SA20 franchise and hope that securing Newlands as the venue for the Final will be a good omen for MI Cape Town in Season 2,” Deputy Mayor, Eddie Andrews said.
“We saw the buzz around the city, from cricket enthusiasts to casual sports fans alike during Season 1. Furthermore, the economic and environmental impact of the League aligns with our goals of making lives better for our citizens. We can’t wait to work with SA20 to showcase incredible cricket and our incredible city throughout the tournament, culminating in the playoffs and final at Newlands.”
The playoffs are a new addition to the anticipated Season 2, with the top two teams contesting Qualifier 1, number three and four playing in the Eliminator and the loser of Qualifier 1 and the winner of the Eliminator playing in Qualifier 2. This will set up a championship clash between the winner of Qualifier 1 and the winner of Qualifier 2 in the Final on 10 February.
With only 50 days to go until the opening match, the countdown is ticking as the world’s top cricketers gear up for a month of entertainment, world-class cricket and unforgettable memories.
Sunrisers Eastern Cape will begin their title defence with a mouth-watering clash against Joburg Super Kings in Gqeberha on 10 January, with the cricket fever spreading across all of South Africa’s top stadiums throughout the month.
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