Support the New Springbok Experience
Using state-of-the-art technology in the form of interactive multimedia and large-scale audio visual presentations, the Springbok Experience pays tribute to the heroes of South African rugby and presents the history of the country’s favourite sport. Located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, the Springbok Experience rugby museum opened on Heritage Day, September 24, 2013. The first official visitor to the new museum was Springbok captain Jean de Villiers, accompanied by the rest of the current Springbok squad, along with former national team captains. The group was given a tour of the new museum before it was opened to the public at the sounding of the historic noon gun on Signal Hill which has been marking midday since 1806.
After touring the museum Jean de Villiers commented that it was an unbelievable experience highlighting the power of rugby, referring to the fact that there had even been a ceasefire during war to allow a rugby match to be played. Former captain John Smit noted that the museum had made him proud all over again to be associated with the Springboks, going on to say that the history had been well presented. Former captain Dawie de Villiers agreed with the sentiments expressed, adding that it shows that everyone can support one team in solidarity. Former captain Peter Jooste noted that the true story of rugby is told from all sides of the spectrum, and young and old should come and visit the Springbok Experience.
Designed by UK-based Mather & Co, with installations provided by South African companies, the museum offers an interactive visitor experience featuring more than twenty touch-screen exhibits, sixty-four monitors, twenty projectors and more than twenty audio-visual exhibits, as well as exhibits aimed at edutainment for children.
CEO of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) Jurie Roux noted at the opening that the new museum is unlike anything seen in South Africa before. He went on to say that rugby is much more than just a game in South Africa and the museum will become a ‘must-visit’ attraction for rugby supporters. It’s convenient location in one of South Africa’s most popular destinations will no doubt add to the attraction. Springbok Experience will be open 364 days of the year (Christmas Day excluded) between the hours of 10:00 and 18:00.