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Old August 12th, 2006, 02:25 PM   #1
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#Peter Mokaba Complex - 41 773 Seats - Polokwane | Complete

R800m soccer stadium to be built in Limpopo

The Polokwane Municipality in Limpopo has decided to build a new R800m World Cup 2010 stadium, ending months of uncertainties over the future of Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The project, whose funding model is unclear at this stage, will be known Peter Mokaba Complex. The future of Peter Mokaba has been a subject of speculation for months. The Polokwane Municipality says it had three options, firstly to demolish the current Peter Mokaba and built a new one on its existing site, secondly to upgrade it, or thirdly build a new stadium adjacent to it. The municipality chose option three.

The municipality says demolition would have cost the city an extra R39m, on top of the stadium budget. These are the costs of demolition and property buyout alone. Funding for the stadium is not clear at this stage. The city says its consultants are still busy with a business plan.

Stadium to be used even after 2010
Thabo Makunyane, the Polokwane Mayor said: “While they're putting together a business plan, national treasury will then make a commitment that they're going to fund up to this much. It is only then that we'll see what we do to make up for the difference”.

The city says the stadium design will ensure it is not a white elephant after 2010. It's a multi purpose facility catering for other sporting codes, and will therefore be full use, and maintain itself. Construction will begin in January next year and finish by end of 2008.


Unfortunately, I couldn't find any renderings, as it's only been announced yesterday. But, keep your eyes open guys, should be coming along soon. Anyway, all this means there will be TWO stadiums, right next to each other. The old one mainly focused on athletics and school sports, and the new one obviously for soccer and rugby.
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will the old one not require some upkeep over time too? how big is the old one at present? Good to hear things are moving...altho slowly...it is scary to think that most stadiums havent sorted out funding and feasibility issues
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two stadiums right next to each other...that sounds familiar.
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moving on...
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Old August 13th, 2006, 05:30 PM   #5
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will the old one not require some upkeep over time too? how big is the old one at present? Good to hear things are moving...altho slowly...it is scary to think that most stadiums havent sorted out funding and feasibility issues
You don't have to worry about the old one. It's completely self-sufficient. It's mainly an athletics track (the fastest in the country I believe... many world records have been run there) and it's constantly used by schools and smaller clubs as a venue for soccer, rugby, athletics and even cricket. It seats about 20000, so it's not that big. Either way, I think building a second stadium is actually better. Because if they DID demolish the old one, the city would have lost its athletics capability, which is something we're quite proud of.
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Wld the existing stadium be the only one in Polokwane? if that is the case then i wldnt get rid of it for u wld be without anything for 3 years or so. also if it does have the best track in the country thats important to keep as a training centre. Also good to know its used regularily. Will the new stadium have a track? cos i wld hope it doesnt if u have the good track next door.
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Wld the existing stadium be the only one in Polokwane? if that is the case then i wldnt get rid of it for u wld be without anything for 3 years or so. also if it does have the best track in the country thats important to keep as a training centre. Also good to know its used regularily. Will the new stadium have a track? cos i wld hope it doesnt if u have the good track next door.
At the moment there is only one stadium in the city. So, I assume that was their reasoning as well, because without that stadium, one would have 3 PSL clubs without a home ground, no proper athletics track in the province, and no arena for big meetings and the like. It's constantly used, so without it, the city would lose a lot of business and interest.

The new one won't have a track from what I found out so far. Pointless, with a very good track right across the road... So, it will cater for soccer and rugby mainly, and include other sporting facilities (indoor stuff I assume). The new stadium will just add to an already well developed sporting hub in the city, which includes facilities for a LOT of sports already. It can only get better.
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"Indoor Stuff" how do u mean? You not building a stadium with a closing roof... R800m is still alot of money
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I dont mean indoor as in a closed roof, rather like smaller sports under the stands etc. Like squash, gymnastics etc. It will NOT have a closed roof, but with a pricetag of R800 million, it must have some extra facilities.
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should have like a small complex to it, with squash courts etc.
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should have like a small complex to it, with squash courts etc.
Exactly. The area in its current state contains facilities for athletics, netball, tennis, cricket, rugby, soccer, golf, wrestling, quite a few martial arts, and numerous other small sports. So, with the new facilities, it should be quite something.
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Nice rendering, thi will be great for Pietersburg.
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sorry, Polokwane.
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I thought FIFA required more shaded seats?..............just asking
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That is NOT the render for the new stadium. It's an old design, based on just upgrading the original stadium.

There are currently no renders for the new stadium, still in the design phase. They only start construction in January. But, just so you all know, that is not it.
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Correction: I actually just found the render, and some more detailed information.



Sorry, couldn't find a clearer image, but I hope it looks ok.
Anyway:

- 45000 seats total
- 5000 VIP seats
- Media facilities for 1675 media representatives
- 600 seats for members of printed media
- 200 TV camera points
- 150 seats for radio & TV observers(commentary I suppose)
- 20 VIP boxes
- Reception area for VIPs of 800m2
- Offices and parking for players and officials
- Bus stations all around

Contract will be awarded before end of November. Building starts in January, and should be done end of 2008. There will also be various infrastructure developments around the stadium and the rest of the city, specifically transport.

Stadium cost: R797.5 Million
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I thought FIFA required more shaded seats?..............just asking
I hate unshaded seats...
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Well, as you can see, that's not a problem with the Peter Mokaba anymore... So what do you guys think of it?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rib
Correction: I actually just found the render, and some more detailed information.



Sorry, couldn't find a clearer image, but I hope it looks ok.
Anyway:

- 45000 seats total
- 5000 VIP seats
- Media facilities for 1675 media representatives
- 600 seats for members of printed media
- 200 TV camera points
- 150 seats for radio & TV observers(commentary I suppose)
- 20 VIP boxes
- Reception area for VIPs of 800m2
- Offices and parking for players and officials
- Bus stations all around

Contract will be awarded before end of November. Building starts in January, and should be done end of 2008. There will also be various infrastructure developments around the stadium and the rest of the city, specifically transport.

Stadium cost: R797.5 Million
this is an excellent scoop...welldone..and thanks..
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