2010 SWC stadium costs and updates

JOHANNESBURG  –  With less than a 100 days to go to the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup and R33bn of taxpayers’ money spent on the country’s roads, transport, stadia and buildings in preparation for the event, we give you an opportunity to view the latest progress on all our stadia by either clicking here or on the hyperlinks in the breakdown of each.

There are nine host cities for the 2010 Soccer World Cup and ten stadia will be used to host the 2010 games. Five were built and five renovated.

Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium was built from scratch, initially estimated to cost R1.6bn the cost escalated to R3.1bn. It will seat 70 000 people.

Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth cost around R2.1bn to construct and has a gross capacity of 46 082. The eye-catching, unique roof-structure was built to withstand Port Elizabeth’s harsh wind.

Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit is one of the newly-built stadia for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and seats 46 000 people. The stadium was expected to cost R600m.

The newly-built Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane will seat 45 000 people. The R1.3bn development, according to FIFA’s website, “is inspired by the locally iconic Baobab tree, with the steel structure supporting the roof plane gathered together at each corner of the stadium and supported by giant ‘trunk’ structures which accommodate vertical circulation ramps and service cores”.

Green Point Stadium in Cape Town will seat 70 000 people. FIFA.com says it is one of the most artistic football venues in SA. Its rye grass pitch was described by FIFA’s General-Secretary Jerome Valcke as the benchmark for all world cup stadia in South Africa. The actual estimated cost for the building was budgeted at about R2.9bn but due to economic environmental impacts; the cost escalated to R4bn.

The construction cost of Soccer City Stadium – the venue of the opening and final matches of this World Cup – went over budget by R1bn, the unexpected rise in the cost of building materials was responsible. The stadium was originally budgeted to cost R2.2bn. The African calabash-inspired stadium was built by Aveng Group and its subsidiary Grinaker-LTA. It will seat 90 450 people. It is the largest stadium in Africa and the biggest all-seated stadium ever built for any football World Cup event.

Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg was given a significant face-lift before the Confederations’ Cup finals and now seats 62 000 fans. It will host the quarter-finals. In total, R240m was spent on the changes. A 20 metre-wide subway was constructed at a cost of over R26m. The biggest expense was a multi-storey car park which was also added.

Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria will seat 50 000 people. Very little upgrade was needed. Renovations included a new roof over the eastern pavilion, new ablution facilities and turnstiles, upgrading of the sound system and scoreboard and a designated media centre. The upgrade cost around R131m.

Vodacom Park Stadium in Bloemfontein was upgraded from a capacity of 38 000 to 45000 with an extra tier of seating being added to stadium’s main (west) stand. In addition, new turnstiles and colour scoreboards were installed along with CCTV. It cost a total of R245m to upgrade.

Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg will seat 42 000 people. The upgrading of the stadium cost about R360m, with the National Treasury contributing R147m.

Some of the R33bn will be recouped with the visit of tourists. “Morgan Stanley recently estimated that 350 000 visitors will collectively spend about R15bn on their trip to SA (including flights). This is equal to about 0.5% of nominal GDP and about 1.2% of total annual consumer spending. Such an additional boost during such a relatively short period of time will therefore create strong economic activity during the course of the tournament,” says Rian le Roux, chief economist of Old Mutual Investment Group SA.

The tournament will take place between June 11 and July 11 2010.

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