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Thread: 2010 FIFA World Cup Venues - 10 Stadia - 9 cities

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    Green point to raise the roof

    09 July 2008
    All reports Ramatsiyi Moholoa

    The roof of the new Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, a venue for the 2010 World Cup finals, will be delivered from Kuwait next month, just over 1 year since construction started.

    Peter Cronje, the city’s World Cup communications director, said the construction of the roof will begin shortly after the arrival of the components.

    Cronje said the first of the 72 columns set to support the state-of-the-art roof structure has reached its maximum height.

    The roof is designed in such a way that noise will be reflected back into the stadium, which will come as a relief to a handful of community members who are against the construction of the facility. The new multipurpose 68000 seater stadium, which is built on the site of the old stadium , and its precinct will take up only 18 hectares.

    This will leave the rest of the green space for the development of a centralized sports complex of playing and practice fields plus club facilities.

    The design also provides for a public network and pedestrian walkways linking the Common with historic sites like Fort Wynyard and Atlantic seafront boulevard. As part of the 2010 World Cup legacy projects, the City of Cape Town wants to ensure that all community members have access to the facility.

    Besides soccer, other sporting codes that will have access include athletics, rugby, cricket, bowling, golf and tennis.

    The investment of R2,85 billion by all three spheres of government provides a cash injection to rejuvenate the Common.

    The City of Cape Town has made a capital budget provision of R120 million for the redevelopment of Green Point Common.

    At the same time, the city has also put aside R1,9billion to improve the city’s transport infrastructure, including strategic transport corridors and routes. The rail system, long-distance public transport facilities and inner-city distribution system will also receive major upgrades.

    In addition, the Airports Company of South Africa is spending R1,2 billion on upgrading Cape Town International Airport to cope with the steadily increasing amount of traffic and the anticipated visitors during the tournament itself.

    Besides the first-round matches, Green Point will also host one of the semifinals.

    Cronje told Sowetan that they were happy with the preparations for the World Cup, saying the process “was running smoothly”.
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    FIFA Secretary General impressed by iconic Soccer City Stadium
    (LOC) Wednesday 9 July 2008

    FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke was very impressed with his first visit to the iconic Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg today. The giant 94 700-seater stadium will be the historic tournament's showpiece that will host the opening match and final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

    "On the shirts of the workers here in the stadium it said ‘I am proud to be building Soccer City Stadium'. And when you are here you share the same feeling the workers have and the same thing they have written on their shirts. You just want to see the first game being played at the stadium", said Jérôme Valcke, who personally got a first hand view of the significant pace of the construction at Soccer City over the last few months.

    The FIFA Secretary General was particularly heartened by the commitment of the 2 400 construction workers on site, who are working flat out to ensure the stadium is completed as scheduled by December 2009: "Each time I come here I see the amazing evolution of the stadium. Yesterday I saw the first part of the roof going up and today the second part of the roof was already going up as well. Hosting the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010 will be a unique moment and that is why we must make it happen."

    Dr Danny Jordaan, Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa, who accompanied the FIFA Secretary General on the stadium visit, shared Valcke's sentiments: "Soccer City will be the heart of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This is the cathedral of South African football. It's South Africa's Wembley. Our Maracana."

    Mr Valcke was in South Africa for a meeting of the Board of Directors of the 2010 Organising Committee. During his four-day stay he also paid his first visit to the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Tshwane, which will play host to the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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    LOC talk of roof imporation delays as roof parts are currently on a ship being imported to RSA


    The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has learnt with regret of the 2010 FIFA World Cup SA Local Organising Committee (LOC) Executive Board’s decision to remove Nelson Mandela Bay as a host city for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

    The decision, according to a statement released today by the LOC, is purportedly based on a report by the LOC’s Technical Committee, and states that Nelson Mandela Bay is "unlikely to meet the March 30 (2009) deadline for completion of the stadium set by FIFA and the Organising Committee on 6 May 2008 at the last Board meeting".

    The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and all of its stakeholders, service providers and residents are completely baffled both by the decision and by the purported reason for such decision.

    Firstly, the Nelson Mandela Bay Multipurpose Stadium will be ready and in full compliance of FIFA standards by March 2009. This is in accordance with the plan and schedule as jointly agreed with the LOC, its Technical team and FIFA.

    In terms of this work plan, we are currently ahead of schedule with respect to certain elements of the plan; for all other elements thereof, we are well within the timeframes and schedule.

    An element of concern that has been raised previously by the LOC was the production and assembly of the roof. Here again, we can categorically confirm that our production and assembly schedule is 100% on track. In fact, as I release this statement, the first 12 of 36 roof girders are being packed and ready for shipment from Kuwait to Nelson Mandela Bay. The programme for the construction of the roof has been overseen by an independent programmer (Mr Chris Coggan) who, upon his visit to Kuwait on 20 June and inspection of the progress, released the following report: the roof fabrication will meet the program requirements. This was again verified by the contractor this very morning, and we remain perplexed as to the LOC decision.

    In addition to the Multipurpose Stadium, all other programmes in preparation for both the Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup are in advanced stages. These functions include infrastructure development, transportation, health & emergency services, safety & security, tourism & accommodation, communications & marketing, ICT, and the volunteer programme. With regard to the latter, i.e. the 2009 Confederations Cup Volunteer Recruitment programme, Nelson Mandela Bay is the first city to have prepared the launch of the programnme (which would have taken place tomorrow). The same goes for our 2010 website and a host of other elements.

    The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality cannot emphasise anymore that ALL our preparations, for all functions and all elements, for both the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup are in full accordance with FIFA and LOC stipulations, and are well on track in terms of the work plans and schedules as agreed to by all.

    The Nelson Mandela Bay Multipurpose Stadium will be ready by March 2009, and will thus definitely have been able to host matches for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

    We can only assume that the decision has been made for reasons other than technical.

    Thank you.

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    Progress: Peter Mokaba Stadium 46,000 seats

    Overall, the project is not progressing well

    - 29 days behind initial completion date
    - Contractual completion date is 15 May 2009
    - Projected completion date 30 June 2009

    - Late award of subcontracts
    - Inadequate allocation of resources
    - Poor management of project by city


    Overruns: Major risk

    Project still ON TRACKto be completed by the LOC/FIFA completion date

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    More than just a stadium

    Today marks exactly two years before the 2010 World Cup final is played at Soccer City. The stadium, built during the height of apartheid, has played an immense and symbolic role in South Africa's recent past. It has hosted some of the landmark events that have shaped South Africa and is a reminder of how far we have come. It is a lot more than just a stadium.

    In the middle of one of the most turbulent decades in South African history, the then National Football League, with the support of First National Bank, decided to build a football stadium just outside Soweto.

    The year was 1986. South Africans had experienced two states of emergencies, the country was in flames and international sanctions were crippling the economy. A strong sense of fear and uncertainty defined the decade. The mood of the country certainly did not appear to warrant an investment in a 78 000-seater soccer stadium!

    At the time, the very concept of the FNB Stadium was considered a pipe dream; its pioneers were called fools, yet, years later, the decision to build that stadium can now be regarded as visionary. Who would have believed, after all, that this patch of ground, on the edge of the country's biggest township, would one day host the ultimate football battle; the FIFA World Cup Final?

    The people's game
    "FNB Stadium is a landmark, an icon of South African football. Every local club dreams of playing a final at FNB," says veteran sports journalist S'bu Mseleku.

    With a career that spans 25 years and credited with coining the name "Bafana Bafana", Mseleku has been privy to some of the most memorable soccer moments that have taken place at FNB Stadium, including the first game ever played there.

    The stadium's proximity to Soweto was a stroke of genius, says Mseleku. "Soweto is the home of SA football."

    The township is also home to two of the country's most popular teams, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. The Soweto Derby at FNB Stadium is always the highlight of the domestic soccer season.

    "The event that always packs out FNB Stadium, that produces the most excitement season after season, is the Soweto Derby, the Amakhosi up against the Buccaneers," says sports journalist Jonty Mark. "One side of the stadium clad in black and white, the other in gold and black. The smell of the vendor's meat cooking outside the stadium and youngsters begging for tickets that are long sold out."

    Perhaps the most memorable year of football at the FNB Stadium was in 1996 when South Africa hosted and won the African Cup of Nations. Having been expelled from the Confederation of African Football and FIFA for 30 years, the championship would be a true measure of our boys' skill and talent. Bafana Bafana started strongly, beating Cameroon, the giants of African football, 3-0 in the opening game.

    But it is the African Cup of Nations final that remains firmly imprinted in the nation's memory. With only 17 minutes left before the final whistle, a young Mark Williams netted two goals in two minutes. Still on a high following the Springbok's 1995 Rugby World Cup victory, the African Nations Cup proved to be another unifying moment in South Africa as all South Africans celebrated Bafana Bafana's incredible victory.

    The people's politics
    It is not only football for which FNB Stadium is remembered; it is also a landmark of some of the country's most significant moments of political history.

    Only two days after his release from prison in 1990, Nelson Mandela arrived at FNB Stadium to address the nation. More than 100 000 people clamoured for a space as Mandela spoke of a racially unified South Africa and called for goodwill to be exercised by all South Africans.

    "Let each one of you and all of our people give the enemies of peace and liberty no space to take us back to the dark hell of Apartheid. We are going forward. The march towards freedom and justice is irreversible," he said.

    Sadly Mandela would return to FNB stadium three years later to bury his friend and comrade Chris Hani. This time 80 000 people joined Mandela to pay their last respects to the man that Mandela described as "one of the greatest revolutionaries this country has ever known."

    In closing his speech, Mandela addressed a few words to Hani: "We lay you to rest with the pledge that the day of freedom you lived and died for will dawn. We all owe you a debt that can only be repaid through the achievement of the liberation of our people, which was the passion of your life."

    The people's triumph
    The 2010 Fifa World Cup final will mark an important milestone in the country's history. Once again, we are on our way to achieving what many believed impossible, the hosting of a world-class soccer World Cup. And on the 11th of June 2010, there can be no more fitting place for the climax than Soccer City, as the revamped 94 700-seater stadium will be called.

    The stadium stands as a monument to the vision of the few that built their field of dreams, despite the conventional wisdom of the time. It represents what we as South Africans have achieved in the past 20 years. It has seen the best of our times, and the worst.

    In many ways, Soccer City is a reflection of ourselves: a nation born out of hope, a nation taking root during difficult and uncertain times and a nation whose true greatness will surely come in time.
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    Durban 8 weeks ahead of schedule

    Durban's city planner confirmed that construction of the Moses Mabhida Stadium is running ahead of schedule.

    The 70,000 seater will host one of the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup.

    News of solid progress could not have come at a better time as pressure continues to mount on the Local Organising Committee.

    Julie-May Ellingson told SAPA: "We are eight weeks ahead of schedule, the stadium is 65-per-cent complete".

    Last week the LOC removed the the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth Stadium from the 2009 Confederations Cup schedule.

    This sparked speculation that South Africa would not be ready to host the World Cup and FIFA president Sepp Blatter's statement about a three nations being on standby added fuel to the fire.
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    Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on track for May 2009

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    Looking good it is.

    The Green Point one needs to get finished asap. It looks pretty hideous in its current unfinished state
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    Let me know which ones and which images so that you can credit the correct source.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryJ View Post
    Looking good it is.

    The Green Point one needs to get finished asap. It looks pretty hideous in its current unfinished state
    I think it looks quite amazing with those columns rising. The roof is arrriving next month and things are 3 weeks behind schedule on the October 2009 completiondate. The second tier is 80% complete with work underway on the final tier. Thats amazing considering construction proper only began June last year.
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