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Old November 2nd, 2006, 01:35 AM   #1
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# Green Point Stadium - 68,000 seats - Cape Town [ARCHIVED END JULY 2007]

Name: Green Point Stadium
Use: All purpose sports stadium to be built for the 2010 World Cup
Status: Proposed. Construction is due to start in January 2006 with completion in July 2009
Location: Metropolitan Golf Course on Green Point common in Cape Town
Size: 68,000 seats
Height: Equal to a 16-floor building
Cost: $2.49 Billion ($340 million)


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Action starts on 2010 stadium plans
Myolisi Gophe
October 28 2006 at 12:45PM
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The tender for the management of Cape Town's 2010 soccer World Cup Stadium will be advertised next week, but a spokesperson for the Green Point Common Coalition says the government is moving too fast.

The authorities were planning to start building in January for completion by July 2009, but this would be impossible unless their reasons for building the stadium in Green Point were "sound".

This week President Thabo Mbeki assured the world that South Africa would stage "the most successful World Cup", Fifa head Sepp Blatter said the tournament would go ahead here, and the government approved R15-billion to prepare for the event.

David Polovin of the coalition said the government was working on the proposed 68 000 multi-purpose African Renaissance Stadium on the assumption that there was no opposition, but this should not be taken for granted.

He said his organisation had an open mind and would study all the facts regarding the Record of Decisions and the rezoning application.

"If the reasons given are sound, clearly we will not oppose the plan, but if they are not we will. We will follow all the processes to ensure that our voices are heard. Going the legal route will be the last resort."

The provincial government is set to react to the environmental impact assessment next Tuesday and announce whether the stadium will be built on the existing stadium site, or if part of the Metropolitan Golf Course site would be used.

This will be followed by a 30-day period for appeals.

Polovin said both sites would damage the area.

There were fears that a new stadium would lead to commercial developments and ultimately "the death of the common".

If the new stadium were built on the present site, the 47m high structure would overwhelm the Main Road and dwarf nearby buildings.

Mike Marsden, the City of Cape Town's 2010 project leader, said the process had gone beyond the environmental impact assessment.

He said there were constant negotiations with the coalition to put in place a "win-win" situation that redesigned and reconfigured the area and managed it beyond 2010.

Pieter Cronje, spokesperson for the City of Cape Town on 2010, said the tender for the operation of the stadium would be advertised next Friday.

He said the operator would "fine-tune the design and the construction to ensure that the stadium functions well and is practical".

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Cape stadium clears hurdle
31/10/2006 12:37
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Cape Town - The Western Cape's ANC government and Cape Town's DA mayor have put their differences behind them to ensure that construction of the city's R2.5bn World Cup stadium gets underway on time, Kickoff reported on Tuesday.
Premier Ebrahim Rasool and mayor Helen Zille both endorsed the business plan which will be presented to National Treasury on Tuesday.

In terms of the joint plan, the city has committed R400m and the province R100m, leaving a balance of R2bn which is being requested from Treasury.

The plan also outlines improved transport systems and other infrastructure.

Rasool said the plan emphasised safety and included the introduction of railway police and extension of a closed-circuit television camera system across province.

The Green Point stadium could host up to nine matches during the tournament, including a semifinal.

A decision on the final site for the stadium, either on the Green Point stadium site or on a new site on the city's Metropolitan golf course, will be made shortly.

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Golf course gives way to World Cup stadium
Melanie Gosling
November 01 2006 at 05:03AM
Cape Times

Cape Town's 2010 World Cup stadium is to be built on the Metropolitan Golf Course on Green Point common, not on the site of the existing stadium.

This is the decision of the provincial department of environmental affairs and development planning, which gave the go-ahead for the stadium on Tuesday.

Its decision, in a 21-page document that sets strict environmental conditions, was handed to the City of Cape Town on Tuesday.

The fate of the present stadium has not been decided. It may be demolished or kept as a community venue.

The decision is likely to be met with strong protest from the golf club and people living in Mouille Point and Green Point, most of whom are vehemently opposed to the new World Cup stadium being built on the golf course and who favoured the site of the existing stadium.

The provincial authorities, who weighed up several specialist studies that considered the pros and cons of both sites, found that the golf course site was the better of the two for environmental and economic reasons. These considerations outweighed local opposition.

The decision is also likely to affect the cost of the 68 000-seater stadium, which is to be as high as a 16-storey building.

The business plan that the city and province submitted to the National Treasury on Tuesday was based on the assumption that the World Cup stadium would be built on the site of the existing stadium, not on the golf course.

The city and province, by "tweaking" the size of the stadium and removing certain features, had knocked almost R1-billion off the projected cost, reducing it from R3,3-billion to R2,49-billion.

The rest of the Green Point common is to be redeveloped into an urban park, where the existing sports are to continue, but the sports fields repositioned to use the space more effectively.

There will be increased public access, with pedestrian and cycle ways, and landscaped with trees and benches.

The provincial department said in its decision yesterday that although many of the stakeholders who had commented on the proposal were in favour of the existing stadium site, the department had selected the golf course site because:

The visual impact of the massive stadium would not be as great on that site.

Fewer of the sporting bodies would be directly affected.

More space would be available for recreational activities other than formal sports.

There would be less of an impact on heritage sites.

The common would not be "severed" as it would be if the new stadium were built on the site of the existing stadium, as the golf course was closer to the built-up section of the common.

Another key factor affecting the decision was that development of the golf course site was in line with the Green Point Development Framework that the city adopted in 1998.

The framework focused on the integration of the common with the inner city and the reinforcement of linkages between the two, as well as between the Atlantic seaboard and the V&A Waterfront.

The economic study found that, if adequate funding were to come from central government, the positive spin-offs of the stadium would be "highly significant" for the city and province.

It said the cost-benefit analysis indicated that the stadium and urban park would require "substantial and guaranteed subsidy from outside the city if it is not to become a burden to the city and its ratepayers".

The noise study found that the partially closed roof would mean that the surrounding community would "not be worse off than at present" with noise levels.

The City of Cape Town, as the applicant, or the public, has 30 days in which to appeal against the decision.

If any appeals are lodged, the matter will be referred to Environment Affairs and Development Planning MEC Tasneem Essop for a decision.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 01:41 AM   #2
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I started this thread given the momentous decisions in the last 48 hours. Mo Rush, you are welcome to post the renders and impressions of what the stadium will look like as well as to post other news articles and reports about the development. Also post any pictures of the actual site at Green Point common golf course. This thread I think will go far, maybe even farther than the one already going guns for the new stadium to be built in Durban.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 05:46 AM   #3
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what a farce, why build on a city green belt (golf course) when you can knock down that eyesore and its massive blacktop parking area and fit in a new stadium there.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 10:52 AM   #4
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so CT is losing a public golf course? thats not cool. i can see alot of outcry from the green point coalition over the next few weeks...hope it doesnt turn into the gautrain and court action
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 12:08 PM   #5
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Maybe the will move it to some other space.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 01:07 PM   #6
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I don't see why they can't incorporate another green space in and amongst the stadium.. and I'm sure that if the stadium has a beautiful design, it won't be too harmful on the environment but will infact add to it and it will create a more community friendly public space, instead of one that is only available to golf club members..
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 02:20 PM   #7
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When the design is released Ill create a new thread

Name: Green Point Stadium
Use: All purpose sports stadium to be built for the 2010 World Cup
Status: Proposed. Construction is due to start in January 2006 with completion in July 2009
Location: Metropolitan Golf Course on Green Point common in Cape Town
Size: 68,000 seats
Height: Equal to a 16-floor building
Cost: $2.49 Billion ($340 million)

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Stadium Name: African Rennaissance Stadium
Use: Football/Rugby/Concerts and other. Not athletics
Size: 68,000 seats , Post 2010: Max 55,000
Height: 42 -50m above sea level
Cost: R2.49billion ($340 million)
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 09:09 AM   #8
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maybe they should build the worlds first mobile stadium
so they can move it about as they feel.................a stadium on wheels, now theres an idea!
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Old November 5th, 2006, 11:35 PM   #9
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maybe they should build the worlds first mobile stadium
so they can move it about as they feel.................a stadium on wheels, now theres an idea!
Well, a mobile stadium as such does not yet exist, but collapsible stadia are probably going to be quite fashionable in the not too distant future.
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Old November 6th, 2006, 01:06 AM   #11
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its a shame they had to build it on the golf course when they could have built it on the common but it will upgrade an area that is already looking good.
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Old November 6th, 2006, 11:08 AM   #12
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haha cant wait to see my dads face when i tell him the tearing down the golf course *evil* ps my house is one of those on the first pic HI MOM!
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Old November 6th, 2006, 08:45 PM   #13
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pity about the golf course but of course there are pro's and cons with every site,considering that the entire common will be transformed into an urban park it does justify the selection of the golf course site, the current stadium site would result in horrible views for a substantial amount of people,if one has to be technical and take all things into account, the golf course site is best,even if only by a small margin.

there is potential for a stadium that sort of glides into the surrounding landscape, perhaps surrounding by green slopes of grass, but im not sure the designers are that creative...but ill be finding out more this week...

these images give an idea of the scale of the stadium though




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hey whats going to happen to the greenpoint staduim i mean its a waste of space once the final staduim is up and the site coud be used for other things
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African Rennaisance Stadium

The Green Point Stadium is also referred to as African Rennaisance Stadium. The moderators have my permission to rename this thread as such if that would be the most correct name for this development.
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thanks mosi...perhaps we'll just change things when it all becomes official..for now its ok
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African Rennaisance Stadium has never been giving as the official name tho...surely they wont call it that? then again i was hoping they wld change king Senz....
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Old Green Point Stadium can be used as a warm-up venue, and should be kept as a warm-up track for any future Olympic bid. But is in dire need of remedial work. Plus the bend on the track is very sharp - a very hard track to run 200m and 400m on.
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Old November 8th, 2006, 04:57 PM   #19
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well i have some ideas for the use of the athletics track, some points though

1. there will be no olympic bid, the construction of a 80,000 seat stadium at an estimated future cost of 6-10 billion rand adjacent to an existing 68,000 seater stadium will not go down well with the people of cape town, and its simply not feasible nor can cape town afford this cost, unless cheap alternatives and i mean really dirt cheap are considered for wingfield an olympic bid is out of the question, it does not appear as if the 2010 stadium will be able to be modified at all, basically an allianz arena....unless we get china to pay for it...or dubai?
2. i proposed based on the "urban park" and its design that an actual athletic facility be built, the current "Stadium" should be demolished but the track should be retained...grassy slopes for spectators should surround the one end of the facility...similar to this image and the facility should be well integrated into park like surroundings, by park i mean LOTS of trees and landscaped and planned "green" areas..
3.with regard to it being used a "warm up track", if an olympic bid does pop up somewhere, as above, two large stadia at the same site is never a wise move, a warm up track elsewhere would be more feasible
4. the athletic facility could act as a practice field for teams during 2010, but not necessarily a designated training venue

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