Bay stadium officially ready for kick-off

Posted On Friday, 05 June 2009 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Only a few aesthetic touch- ups, such as road construction around the precinct and the laying of grass, remain to be completed at the Nelson Mandela Bay 2010 stadium.

Nelson_Mandela_StadiumOnly a few aesthetic touch- ups, such as road construction around the precinct and the laying of grass, remain to be completed at the Nelson Mandela Bay 2010 stadium.

However, these will not affect the open day at the smart new soccer stadium on Sunday, which will see 25000 people treated to a fun-filled feast of activities.

Nelson Mandela Bay residents have shown great interest in the new venue, with all 25000 available tickets for free entrance snatched up.

Municipal spokesman Roland Williams said the remaining elements were landscaping outside the stadium and the completion of roads. “The stadium itself is complete,” he said.

“Everything has been fitted in. Anytime from today, it can successfully host a match.

“In terms of Fifa and international requirements, the stadium has been completed and the open day will afford the municipality the opportunity to test the stadium‘s operations and technical competencies.”

“Most importantly, the open day will afford residents in the region the chance to inspect the state-of-the-art facilities, and experience its beauty and warmth.

“They will bask in the glory and pride of knowing that we are the joint owners of a truly world-class facility.”

Fifa stipulates that the host cities must hold at least three trial events before the stadium is handed over for the World Cup.

The other two events are the British and Irish Lions rugby match on June 16, and the Vodacom Challenge soccer match between Kaizer chiefs and Orlando Pirates on July 23.

Musical entertainment will be by South African artists such as HHP and Nadine.

Although work at the Bus Rapid Transit sites had not yet been completed, Williams said, Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele had prioritised their completion.

In Mandela Bay, discussions between the municipality and transport roleplayers have yielded an agreement between the parties to honour their promises.

“It is very exciting to see that everything is going according to plan,” Williams said. “The development of a world-class facility right here on our doorstep is inspirational and almost surreal.”

 

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