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Old May 16th, 2006, 09:48 AM   #1
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JOHANNESBURG - FNB Stadium / Soccer City (94,736)

Guys, what do you think of this design.



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SOCCER lovers can brace themselves for a new-look, state-of-the-art Soccer City stadium for the 2010 World Cup.

South Africa's home of soccer is set to undergo a revamp that will see the imposing venue situated in Crown Mines, Gauteng, increase its seating capacity to nearly 100 000.

To crown it all, the stadium has been designed in an isiNdebele calabash-like shape in order to provide the spectators with a real African feel.

Some people believe that the stadium will become South Africa's "theatre of dreams" once it is complete. According to Local Organising Commitee (LOC) chief excecutive Danny Jordaan, Soccer City stadium, which is expected to be the venue for the finals, is undergoing upgrading to reach world-class status.

Jordaan, who is working tirelessly to ensure the country hosts a successful global event in 2010, said the imposing stadium will hopefully be a tourist attraction as well.

"As Soccer City will house the plush Safa headquarters and become the venue for the finals, it is purely for this reason that its refurbishment is earmarked to increase its seating capacity from 70 000 to 98 000.

"A team of designers has been appointed for two years to look into the construction of the offices as the first phase," said Jordaan.

He said construction had already begun outside the stadium, whose offices will cost R60 million.

"The designers are hoping that the building of the structure will get under way in August in order for the stadium itself to be ready for use ahead of the Confederations Cup in 2009, a year before our world cup," he said.

Other stadiums earmarked for refurbishment are Greenpoint (Cape Town), King's Park Soccer (Ethekwini), Nelson Mandela (Port Elizabeth), Peter Mokaba (Polokwane) and Mbombela (Nelspruit).

"After initial hiccups regarding the new Western Cape municipality, the Cape Town city council has now agreed to create a special purpose vehicle to speed up the construction of a 68 000-seater stadium in time for the World Cup.

"The building is programmed to begin in November and will be completed in 2009," Jordaan said.

The LOC chief executive explained that the construction of King's Park, with 58 000 seats, would begin in November, and the Nelson Mandela stadium (60 000 capacity) would be ready by the end of 2008.

Polokwane, which takes about 48 000 spectators, is expected to be ready by November. Mbombela, which absorbs 50 000 fans, will have its preliminary design programme done, also in November.

"Venues such as Rustenburg, Loftus Versfeld, Ellis Park and Bloemfontein require minor upgrading and essentially the constuction of temporary facilities ," he said.

Jordaan said facilities for those venues would be planned towards the end of this year.
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Old May 16th, 2006, 10:07 AM   #2
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Old May 16th, 2006, 10:28 AM   #3
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Nice looking stadium, but too much money will go to waste with the decorations on the outside. If money was cheap, and RSA didn't have better things to spend it on then great, but IMHO its just not worth it.

Make it just as great on the inside, but spend the majority of the money on something worthwhile (HIV/AIDS medication perhaps?)
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Old May 16th, 2006, 01:35 PM   #4
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is it still called soccer in SA
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Old May 16th, 2006, 02:13 PM   #5
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Old May 16th, 2006, 02:13 PM   #6
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Old May 16th, 2006, 03:26 PM   #7
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Looks great, although there will be a concern in getting it finished on time.
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Old May 16th, 2006, 03:40 PM   #8
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They haven't started building yet? Running things a bit close aren't we?
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Old May 16th, 2006, 03:45 PM   #9
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Old May 16th, 2006, 05:00 PM   #10
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Well, I think I'm rightin saying that they're not building this stadium from scratch, they are only upgrading an orginal stadium, so it shouldn't take too long to build. The stadium has to be ready by 2009, construction starts Novermber of this year....could be cutting it a bit close possibly....but id needs must they can do what they did with the Allianz stadium and work round the clock 24hrs a day.


Doesn't look like a fantasicly original or ground-breaking stadium, but still a pretty good design, and 100,000 capacity is impressive. I was under the impression though that they had approved this stadium ages ago...I mean, they knew they'd have to have it for the world cup, so I don't see why they tooks so long approving it...

This will be a test for SA, they need to prove to the world that they are capable of holding massive events like the world cup, and delays in stadium construction or other faults in the tournament itself could spell disaster...lets hope it goes smoothly though!

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Old May 16th, 2006, 10:04 PM   #11
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I doubt the stadium will look anything like that.
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They haven't started building yet? Running things a bit close aren't we?
1. the stadium capacity already stands at 70,000
2. we wont be hiring multiplex....
3. check the betting odds for this stadium being completed before wembley...
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1. the stadium capacity already stands at 70,000
2. we wont be hiring multiplex....
3. check the betting odds for this stadium being completed before wembley...
now there wasn't a need to take a little snipe at Wembley was there?

take snipes at multiplex all you like, they deserve it
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now there wasn't a need to take a little snipe at Wembley was there?

talk down to multiplex all you like, they deserve it
just kidding...just concern met with concern.
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now there wasn't a need to take a little snipe at Wembley was there?

take snipes at multiplex all you like, they deserve it
Kinda ironic aint it? Hiring the crappiest construction company in the world to build the greatest stadium in the world....

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Kinda ironic aint it? Hiring the crappiest construction company in the world to build the greatest stadium in the world....

after the success of stadium australia they were far from the worst...
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Old May 17th, 2006, 01:53 AM   #17
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Stadium looks like an ashtray.
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You're going the right way to get yet another banning BuBomb!
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This is horrible !
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