FNB Stadium in Johannesburg will host South Africa’s four Super Rugby franchises when Vodacom Super Hero Sunday takes place on the 19th of January.
That’s following the announcement of a joint venture between SuperSport, Stadium Management SA and the Remgro-owned Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS). All four SA franchises – playing in their jerseys inspired by the Marvel characters Captain America (Vodacom Bulls), Thor (DHL Stormers), Spider-Man (Emirates Lions) and Black Panther (Cell C Sharks) – will be in action, less than two weeks before the Super Rugby season gets underway.
The Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers will kick off the action at 13h00, followed by the match between the Vodacom Bulls and Emirates Lions at 15h15.
Tickets are already available via Computicket and start from just R60, with a special group offer of four tickets for only R200. A public transport and parking plan, which will include free parking in designated parking areas around the stadium, and park and ride services from Pretoria and Johannesburg, will also be in place.
The actual Vodacom Super Rugby season kicks off on 31 January, with the Cell C Sharks and the Vodacom Bulls going head to head in Durban. On 1 February, the DHL Stormers host the Hurricanes in Cape Town, while the Emirates Lions take on the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.
The South African franchises will yet again show their support for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation, with their #TacklingCancer initiative. Vodacom and SuperSport will jointly donate R100 for every tackle by a South African player during the 2020 Super Rugby season, and fans will also have the opportunity to contribute to this cause as R1 will be donated to CHOC for every Vodacom Super Rugby ticket purchased.
Vodacom will have a multitude of stadium activations involving fans, players and celebrities, all aimed at raising even more money for CHOC next season.
“This will be another season in which heroes in all forms will be celebrated – from the rugby players as the heroes on the field, to the fans for their loyal support, and then our real-life heroes from CHOC,” said Abey Mokgwatsane, Vodacom Managing Executive: Brand & Sponsorship. “Starting with the Vodacom Super Hero Sunday double-header, featuring all four of the South African teams as a warm-up to the season at a highly competitive price, Vodacom Super Rugby will yet again bring supporters some of the very best rugby experiences, aimed at the whole family.”
The collaboration with Marvel made its debut last season in a Vodacom Super Rugby competition that changed the traditional face of the game and took it to an entirely new audience.
“The response to the 2019 season was phenomenal, bringing the inspiration of some of Marvel’s most iconic, loved and recognizable characters to the thrills and excitement of this tournament. We certainly look forward to joining families across the country this coming year to witness all the skill, speed, agility strength, endurance, honour and strategy that brings this collaboration to life in in an even more spectacular 2020 season,” said Luke Roberts, General Manager of Consumer Products Commercialisation of The Walt Disney Company Africa.