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WORLD CUP SOCCER IN PORT ELIZABETH 2010

PE Soccer StadiumThe concept design presented for the multi-purpose 2010 World Cup soccer stadium in port Elizabeth was approved by the Nelson Mandela Bay Council several years before construction began. Presented by GMP. Germany’s most successful architectural firm which has extensive esperience of large stdium design as well as specific facilities designed for use during FIFA events, the design met with much praise.

Company representative Mr Hubert Nienhoff described the site near the North End Lake where the stadium would be build as “unique and spectacular”. He said of all the stadiums GMP had designed worldwide, the Mandela Bay World Cup soccer stadium was the best, because of its close location to a lake.

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IRONMAN EVENT IN PORT ELIZABETHIron Man

In 2008, for the third year in a row, Nelson Mandela Bay was privy to the wonder of the Ironman triathlon. From the first half-distance Ironman in 2004, to the phenomenon of the 2005 full-distance event, and now to the second fully-fledged full-distance Ironman, the event has taken Nelson Mandela Bay and South African by storm.

Athletes sign themselves up for an agonizing 17-hour day where they swim 3,8km, then get onto a bike for a 180km cycle, which is followed by the final test of their endurance, a 42,2km marathon, to be completed before the 17-hour cut-off time.

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ST GEORGE’S PARK CRICKET GROUND

THE HOME OF EASTERN PROVINCE CRICKET

In 1859, a few months after the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club was established, the Port Elizabeth Town Council agreed to lease 2 acres of land to the club and this the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club was formed, becoming the oldest cricket club in the country still playing from the same venue today. This piece of barren veld was cleared by the members, who also paid for the ground’s upkeep.

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Did You Know?

Port Elizabeth erected the first campanile in South Africa in 1921.

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3 October 2012 7:51