World Cup Soccer in Port Elizabeth 2010


The 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.

Making the presentation, 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. Mr Nienhoff said the spectacular location of the stadium with its terraces and hills would turn Prince Alfred Park into a “place to visit every day’”

The stadium will accommodate the required 40 000 permanent seats, supplemented with another 10 000 modular removable seats, which will b used during the time of the 2010 World Cup, and on other occasions where the need arises. The space created when the modular seating has been removed will be converted to conferencing and entertainment facilities. Other facilities such as a gymnasium, offices for sporting codes, sport shop, sport museum, sport academy and sport-related medical facilities will be created.

During 2006.2007 construction phase of the stadium, socio-economic benefits in terms of job creation peaked at 4 141 job opportunities. During the operational phase in 2010,

1 405 job opportunities will be available. It is estimated that 105 permanent job opportunities will be created due to the construction of the stadium. The total fiscal generation of the development is estimates to be R880 million.

‘The rounded form of the stadium stands ensures optimal viewing conditions for both soccer and rugby, and guarantees an intimate and spectator-friendly atmosphere,” says Nelson Mandela Bay Portfolio Chairperson for Recreation & Culture, Charmaine Williams.

‘The stadium has a unique roof design, which will not only provide shelter against the elements, but will indeed be an icon for the city. The roof will be of highest technical standards and give, structure an exclusive character, blending it with the surrounding developments,’ she added.

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World Cup Soccer Stadium Port Elizabeth
World Cup Soccer Stadium Port Elizabeth
World Cup Soccer Stadium Port Elizabeth
World Cup Soccer Stadium Port Elizabeth
World Cup Soccer Stadium Port Elizabeth
World Cup Soccer Stadium Port Elizabeth

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Port Elizabeth founded the first Amateur Cycling Club in 1880.

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