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Should SA Have Smaller Stadiums?

Stadium attendance is one of the biggest issues facing South African football at the moment, and there are many suggestions as to how to solve this issue. Could it be as simple as making the stadiums smaller?

One supporter wrote in about this matter, stating his heartbreak at not getting to see his team at his home stadium.

"My hometown team Kings United made history by being promoted to NFD. I was so excited knowing I will watch NFD games from my backyard since I'm a loyal fan of the beautiful game regardless of the division. Guess what? I was so disappointed to hear that they won't use Mpumalanga Stadium, as it doesn't meet NFD standards. I'm begging our provincial and Ethekwini municipality to attend to this issue as this was going to boost my township business-wise." – Frank Gwala, Hammarsdale 

Now, surely an NFD side cannot have such strict requirements that out-rule a stadium. If we want to see a good example of a team using the small stadium tactic, then look no further than Highlands Park; they have a 10 000-seater stadium and play in front of a full house with a great atmosphere every weekend.

Do you think smaller stadiums are the answer?

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