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Cape Towns 2010 Stadium, preparations on track

by City of Cape Town
on 19 Mar 2008
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

With the first anniversary of its Green Point stadium construction site coming up on 26 March 2008, Cape Town is on track with the construction and other preparations for 2010 FIFA World CupTM.

Cape Town is also the preferred candidate for the hosting of the Final Draw in December 2009.

The Green Point Stadium is one third complete and will be finished by mid December 2009, six months ahead of the tournament in 2010. It will be ready by 30 October 2009 for FIFA to commence its inspection of seating, television and other technical infrastructure for the event.

Mike Marsden, Executive Director of Service Delivery Integration said: "We have secured the completion date with the contractors and we are firmly on track to meet the deadline."

"I spoke with Dr Joe Paahla, Director General of the government's 2010 unit after some media reports on concerns about Cape Town and two other host cities meeting deadlines. These concerns appeared in the Government's 2010 FIFA World CupTM Mid-term report on 2010 readiness to South Africa's Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka

"Dr Paahla and I agreed that, although deadlines were tight, there was no question that Cape Town would not be ready in time. The City, FIFA and its Local Organising Committee will continue to work closely together. Our stadium is on track, we have planned our fan park and public viewing areas and are now moving into the operational phase of this huge project," Marsden said.

With over 2 000 workers hard at work on the site, the first of the stadium's three tiers of seating will be completed by the end of April.

The City is also busy with two international processes to sell the naming rights for the stadium and to find a suitable long-term operator for the stadium after 2010.

The 68 000-seater stadium will be suitable for soccer, rugby, events and concerts.

The stadium construction has also kick-started the redevelopment of the surrounding Green Point Common urban park and sporting precinct. The proposed redevelopment has just gone through a second round of public comment and will now be taken through the City Council's approval processes before a final recommendation to the Provincial government.

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MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 97/2008
19 MARCH 2008


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