SA Stadium Overview - 2010 Soccer World Cup
In the opinion of the Inspection Group, three stadiums in South Africa are already suitable for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. They are Newlands in Cape Town, Ellis Park in Johannesburg and King's Park Soccer Stadium in Durban, which have been venues for other world sporting events such as the Rugby World Cup.
Five of South Africa’s stadiums will undergo 2010 construction refurbishment to qualify as World Cup venues. They are Free Park Stadium in Bloemfontein, Loftus in Pretoria, Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg, the Oppenheimer Stadium in Orkney and Soccer City in Johannesburg.
Other Stadiums which are to be utilized during the 2010 Soccer Cup are the Kimberley Stadium in Kimberley, Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Rainbow Junction in Pretoria, Port Elizabeth Stadium in Port Elizabeth and the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
Funding was said to have been secured for the construction and development work on each of the stadiums, and construction on some of the stadiums began at the start of 2007.
The Inspection Group considers that this important investment will be a legacy to an already strong sporting culture in South Africa and will help to help to develop South African sportspeople.
Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein
Construction was supposed to have started in February 2007 but has been postponed until July; the work should be complete by August 2008. The tender process to appoint contractors must be finalised by the end of February 2007. The total seating will be upgraded from 38,000 to 46,000.
In advance of 2010, a second tier will be added to the main grandstand of the Free State Stadium increasing the capacity to 46,000, allowing the stadium to qualify for world cup stage first and second round matches. New turnstiles will be put in place, upgraded floodlights erected, electronic scoreboards will be installed and the sound system will be upgraded to the required standards.
Green Point Stadium in Cape Town
Work was due to begin in January 2007 but was postponed, demolition work on the current stadium started in February 2007, but items of value which can be reused, e.g. fencing and sprinkler system have already been removed. The original estimates of cost for the Green Point stadium were R1.5 billion, although this has already jumped to R3.7 billion. Negotiations are underway to reduce this cost. Green point residents were initially against the construction of the new stadium, but now all cases are closed and residents are giving the stadium the go ahead.
Situated between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Town is the Green Point Stadium. Green Point Stadium will be a completely rebuilt and result in a new multi-sport facility, complete with a retractable dome to protect fans and players from the Cape's unpredictable winter weather and South Easter winds. Demolition work on the current Green Point stadium started in mid January 2007. The new stadium will seat 70,000 football fans.
King's Park Soccer Stadium in Durban
Kings Park Stadium has been proposed as a semi-final venue for the World Cup. In order to qualify under FIFA requirements the stadium will have to be reconstructed, with fully roofed upper tiers to create a fully encircled oval with a 60 000 seating capacity.
Construction work has already begun on the R2 billion stadium. However, construction work has been stopped as other bidders for the building contract have claimed that the tender process was n0t carried out in a fair manner. A shortage of R800 million will be funded by the provincial government in order to complete the stadium.
Ellis Park / Coca Cola Park and the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg
Johannesburg will have two stadiums in the World Cup , The FNB Stadium, also known as Soccer City, and Ellis Park. The FNB stadium will host the opening ceremony and the opening match, as well as a semi final and the World Cup Final.
The FNB Stadium in Johannesburg was built in 1987 and with a capacity of 94,700. For the 2010 World Cup Soccer city is getting a R1.5-billion revamp. Construction work started on the upgrade of this stadium on the 1 st February 2007. The Johannesburg Metro Council awarded the R1.5 billion contract to 2 companies, Grinaker-LTA and Interbeton. The work comprises of partially demolishing the FNB Stadium, and rebuilding to modern standards. The new stadium will seat 94,000 soccer fans during the World Cup final. Soccer City must be completed by 2009.
The upper level seating will be extended to encompass the whole stadium and will be roofed, leaving the pitch open to the South African sun, new changing room facilities for the players will be developed and state of the art flood lighting will be put up around the stadium.
Ellis Park was built in 1982, and is mainly used as a rugby stadium. Alterations to enable it to host 2010 games include new upper tiers behind each of the goals, increasing the seating capacity by over 10,000 seats for fans to a total 60,000.
Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit
With a seating capacity of 40,000, the construction of the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit is underway. The Stadium is being specifically constructed to ensure that it meets all FIFA requirements and will plat host to both first and second round matches.
Building work was due to begin on this new stadium in late 2006, but due to money shortages in the budget, no work has currently started. Mr Differ Mogale, the coordinator of Nelspruit’s 2010 World Cup project was dismissed at the end of January 2007.
Royal Bafokeng - Rustenburg
The tender process for the upgrading should be finalised by March 2007. Construction work will start in July / August 2007, creating 5000 additional seats. The highway linking the stadium with Sun City, a major accommodation city in the area, has already started to be upgraded.
Slight changes will be needed to bring the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace up to date for stadium requirements for a stadium capable of hosting first and second round matches at the World Cup in 2010.
New scoreboards, floodlights and public address system will make the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace ready to welcome World Cup Fans. After alterations the seating capacity of Rustenburg Stadium will be just over 40,000
Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth
The Nelson Mandela Stadium, Port Elizabeth is still to be built, but when complete it will have a capacity of 49,000 World Cup 2010 fans. It will be a high-tech venue and will meet every requirement needed to provide a venue for the first and second round matches of the World Cup.
The Metro Council are short of R262 million to build this stadium, and plans have changed to leave out the roof of the main pavilion of the planned stadium to save the R106 million. Construction work is to be complete by December 2008 in order to be ready for the July 2009 Confederation Cup tournament.
Loftus and Rainbow Junction in Pretoria
Pretoria is fortunate to have two stadiums earmarked for the World Cup in 2010 namely Loftus and Rainbow Junction. Loftus Versfeld stadium was completely rebuilt in 1977; made up of 4 main stands, three have been rebuilt since, creating an arena that rises sharply on all sides. Only a small amount of upgrading will be required at Loftus for the Stadium to qualify as a venue for first and second round world cup matches, but the floodlights, sound system and scoreboards will all have to be upgraded. Loftus is home to the Sundowns Football Club, one of South Africa’s professional clubs. The stadium has a seating capacity of 45,000.
A private group has acknowledged the opportunity of creating a world class football stadium north of Pretoria to act as the second venue in 2010. The result of their research is Rainbow Junction, a new sports complex comprising a stadium and an indoor sports ground to be built on an undeveloped agricultural area. The capacity of the stadium is 41,000 and should be complete in 2007.
Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane
To meet with FIFA standards the Peter Mokaba Stadium’s roof will have to be replaced and the whole stadium will have to be fully renovated and modernized with new electronic scoreboard in the northern stand, new floodlights, sound system and a fire detection system.
Construction work was supposed to have started in January but was postponed until March – final tenders for the construction work were received in December, but no builders have currently been appointed. Construction work will cost approx R797 million – R101 million rand of this has still to be found by the council to cover the cost.