The Boet Erasmus Stadium, once the home of the Eastern Province Rugby Union had the tragic misfortune when, the, then President of EPRFU, Dick Killian fell from the main pavilion’s roof. The stadium, which had a capacity of 33 852 and was named after Boet Erasmus, a former mayor of Port Elizabeth. Marie, serving at the time as a secretary to Dick Killian, was duly appointed to the position of the E.P.R.U.'s official Secretary due to her hands-on involvement and organizational skills within the organization.
During her career, Marie excelled as a hands-on organizer and hostess to several international and Currie Cup games. Not only did she run the field and property portfolios at the stadium she also administered the unions finances. She gained the respect of international Rugby bosses and players across the world in after hosting the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth during 1976 and having the 1974 British Lions tour to South Africa to be concluded at the Boet Erasmus stadium.
The last match to be played at the stadium was a friendly against the Blue Bulls on 3 July 2010.