Bay United Football Club
Full name Bay United Football Club
Founded 2006, previously Maritzburg United
Ground Wolfson Stadium, Kwazakhele
Capacity 6000 (in FM08 the capacity is 10,000)
Bay United is a South African association football club based in the city of Port Elizabeth.
In 2006, the franchise of struggling National First Division club Maritzburg United was purchased by Volkswagen South Africa and relocated to the Mandela Metro. After the 2006-07 season Sipho Pityana, purchased the club from VWSA.
Their reserve team, which is known as Bay Academy, plays in the Vodacom League.
For other places with the same name, see Port Elizabeth (disambiguation).
Port Elizabeth (Xhosa: Ibhayi; colloquial Afrikaans: Die Baai) is a city in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province at 33°57′29″S, 25°36′00″E, 770km east of Cape Town. The city, often shortened to PE and nicknamed “The Friendly City” or “The Windy City”, stretches for 16km along Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa.
Port Elizabeth was founded as a town in 1820 to house British settlers as a way of strengthening the border region between the Cape Colony and the warlike Xhosa tribe. It now forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality which has a population of over 1 million. The city is in a friendship partnership with the Swedish City of Gothenburg and is a sister city to the American cities of Jacksonville, Florida and Palm Desert, California.
The city has a wealth of fine sporting facilities, catering for cricket , rugby union, association football, hockey and many other sports. Its coastal location also makes it a base for many watersports.
Port Elizabeth is the location of the St George’s Park cricket ground, which holds test cricket matches. St George’s Park is also the oldest cricket ground in South Africa. Its official name is now Sahara Oval St George’s.
The headquarters of the controversial Southern Spears rugby franchise are in Port Elizabeth.
FM08: Bay United are predicted to finish 5th in the National First Division. They are a professional club with a national reputation, valued at R850k. The average age of the squad is 26. The club has fairly basic training facilities and basic youth facilities + youth academy. Their finances are okay and the chairman loves the club.