Uncertainty surrounding FNB Stadium naming rights

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The bank’s original deal with the Public Works department to have the naming rights to the stadium expired on July 6. ‘The Calabash’ has been called FNB Stadium since it was opened in 1989 except during the 2010 World Cup when it was called ‘Soccer City’ due to FIFA requirements, and during the 2013 African Nations Cup when it was referred to as the ‘National Stadium’.

City of Johannesburg deputy director of media relations Nthatisi Modingoane confirmed the expiry of the contract to snl24.com/kickoff last month. However up to now, an agreement has not been reached, according to FNB.

“No further update, First National Bank (FNB) is still engaging the Department of Public Works,” FNB responded to an email from this website. When pressed for further information, the bank directed all enquiries to the Department of Public Works, who have not yet responded to questions sent to them.

The stadium will host its first big match of the season when Kaizer Chiefs play Orlando Pirates in the Carling Black Label Cup on the 30th of this month.