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Wow _ this is an old thread! You must have had to mount an archeological expedition to dig this one up, Guardian!

Oh, yeah. It took a while to scour the back of this forum to find it. However, with Germany 2006 almost upon us, it will be interesting on how this topic will be commented on after that tournament.

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More praise for South Africa 2010, compliments of Jim Brown of FIFA:

FIFA Upbeat On SA 2010

When will begin the race for 2014? :)

"race"

Yes, the "race" although we all know Brazil will win :blush: Is there an official date to submit applications? :oops:

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The stadiums being used has been reduced from 13 to 10:

only a maximum of three new stadia will be built

these were all the proposed stadia..it is most likely that the first 8 in this list are secured as venues...the remaining cities will have competition as FIFA and the LOC decide the remaining spots..

SOCCER CITY: 100,000 current capacity 85,000

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KINGS PARK 60,000

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ELLIS PARK 75,000

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NEWLANDS STADIUM 50,000, will possibly only act as a training venue as Athlone Stadium will be uprgraded to a 50,000 seat stadium and become cape town's home of soccer but there is another plan for a 60,000 seat indoor dome..but ill post an article on this after this post..

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FREE STATE STADIUM

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LOFTUS VERSFELD

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RAINBOW JUNCTION

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'We are aiming for the stars here'

By Igsaan Slaie and Myolise Gophe

A battle is raging in Cape Town over stadiums for the 2010 soccer World Cup as the city council and football authorities this week revealed spectacular plans for rival venues.

Weekend Argus has exclusive details of what the vastly upgraded Athlone stadium will look like - and it is already under construction.

The cost of R236-million upgrade is being shared by the city, the Western Cape, business and possibly the national government.

Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool has appealed for unity

The city council, which is building the stadium, disclosed details of the futuristic venue to visiting Fifa inspectors during a closed meeting in the city this week.

The magnificent stadium is being built regardless of whether it gets World Cup status.

Fifa is to decide in 2008 which stadiums will host World Cup matches around South Africa.

City manager Wallace Mgoqi presented the city's proposal to the delegation, unveiling an impressive ultra-modern 47 000 seater Athlone stadium and explained its role in the larger Klipfontein corridor project.

Newlands rugby stadium, originally suggested as a match venue, was presented merely as a possible training ground unless the city is allocated two match venues in which case both Athlone and Newlands would be used.

'We are not just looking at the needs for now'

The city also told Fifa of a proposed new railway link between the Athlone-Hazendal line and the Langa-Bonteheuwel line to serve the expanded Athlone stadium.

But the South African Football Association's Western Province arm (Safa WP) countered the city's proposal with an even more spectacular plan to replace the tiny Blue Downs stadium, turning it into a 65 000-seater venue.

There is also a possibility the Mother City could challenge other cities for the rights to host the semi-finals of the competition.

The local organising committee is apparently considering staging both semi-finals outside Johannesburg, fearing that city's hospitality sector may not cope with the congestion of a semi-final and final.

Cape Town will have to compete against other cities such as Durban, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Polokwane.

The city council and Safa WP have been at loggerheads over which venue will host matches. Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool has appealed for unity among Cape Town soccer and council authorities.

At the centre of the conflict is the fact that both the council and Safa WP want to benefit from the prestigious tournament.

Athlone stadium is in line with the city's Klipfontein corridor development plan, while the Safa WP plan will give soccer a home base should their proposal come to fruition.

Mgoqi's spokesman, Sputnik Ratau, said the Athlone stadium upgrade was going ahead regardless of whether the stadium was approved as a match venue for the World Cup.

"As it stands, the stadium is already hosting two teams participating in the South African league, so it needs to accommodate those teams."

"We are not just looking at the needs for now, we are looking post 2010 and the sustainability of the stadium. Right now Athlone is the soccer stadium for the city and it is a good stadium, but 10 years down the line where will it be? That is what we are catering for."

The city would not foot the full bill for the upgrade. Ratau said money would come from provincial and national government and business. He said the 2010 World Cup was a national undertaking by government, business and various sporting bodies to work together in providing venues for the event.

Athlone stadium's re-development fell neatly into the city's Klipfontein corridor plan.

"We are not seeing the upgrading as a single thing but it is a full economic development of Cape Town as a city."

In the initial World Cup proposal, Newlands rugby stadium was submitted as the city's only venue, but in the city's presentation to Fifa this week, it appears that the rugby stadium has been demoted to a training venue.

Ratau said the city had not ruled out the possibility that Cape Town might have two match venues.

"We are aiming for the stars here and looking at what is best for the city and two venues would definitely be first prize. If we are able to make a good impression on the Fifa delegation, we could get both Athlone and Newlands as match venues, which would mean more games being played, more people visiting the city and ultimately greater exposure for Cape Town."

Safa WP announced this week that it had plans for a R450m upgrade of the Blue Downs stadium. Ratau said that the city did not want to comment too much on Safa WP's proposal.

"They have links to Safa nationally and the local organising committee and we have no say in what their proposals are and what processes they are starting."

Safa WP president Vernon Seymour, said: "People want to see Adriano and Wayne Rooney live, that is what the World Cup means to soccer lovers. Not Chile playing Slovakia."

The biggest obstacle Safa WP faces is that the council owns the land in Blue Downs and will need to approve Safa WP plans. Fifa has told Safa WP to get endorsement from the local authorities.

While the council would pump millions of taxpayers' money into Athlone stadium, Seymour said Safa WP's plan would be funded entirely by the private sector.

Seymour said he supported Rasool's call for unity between Safa, the council, the provincial government and the private sector ahead of the tournament.

"Benefits can be far more if we can join hands and go for bigger prizes.

"There is no reason why Cape Town cannot be a big role player in the World Cup."

He said Cape Town should lobby for the biggest stake in the World Cup, from the opening ceremony to a semi-final match, given its international tourism appeal and role in the economy.

Next week Safa WP is to meet the provincial government and the city to discuss the issue.

"The government should at least consider this alternative and I hope we will achieve an agreement that will be in the best interest of Cape Town," he said.

The plan is to construct the stadium over two years and provision would be made for a sports academy with facilities for tennis, cricket, tennis, golf, athletics and other sporting codes.

Rasool's spokesperson, Shado Twala, said the province believed "Athlone stadium will turn the key to many of the hopes of our people on the Cape Flats, for improved public transport systems, for infrastructure investment, for a share of the tourism revenue and will be a reward to the thousands of people who play soccer every weekend, by leaving a world-class stadium behind as a permanent legacy of the World Cup".

She said the province had a preference for Athlone stadium and had put aside funds - an estimated R60m - towards its upgrade "into a Fifa-compliant world class soccer stadium".

"We have, together with the city, showed Fifa why we prefer the Athlone stadium.

Twala went on to say that the province would "contribute significantly to all the attendant public transport programmes that will support the stadium. The returns to Cape Town and the Western Cape will be enormous.

"Ultimately the decision around which stadium will be used, belongs to Fifa and the local organising committee. Whatever decision is taken we will be happy with it, because ultimately our interest is that Cape Town and the Western Cape should play a major role in hosting the biggest sports event in

the world."

EITHER NEWLANDS STADIUM:fifa's choice thus far

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ATHLONE STADIUM:city of cape towns choice..will undergo upgrade whether or not its a 2010 venue

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BLUE DOWNS STADIUM: SAFA western provinces choice

will be similiar to the oita

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Whew! Was almost beginning to wonder where 2010's arches would be.  :sniffle:

Now, with an arched stadium assured, we can all look forward to a world-class tournament.

Panic over

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Is there an official date to submit applications? :oops:

Last week.  

See - that's why Spain barely makes it.  All you guys are taking your 'siestas' and missing deadlines.  

I guess you'll have to be in the play-offs again for 2010.   :down:

Doctors from all over the world say that 'siesta' is good for the body and the mind because you rest for a period of 10 or 15 minutes in the afternoon and then you begin to work again so relaxed :rolleyes: We all know why you don't take a 'siesta': you're so lazy and don't work, so you don't need to sleep.

And respect to the WC: I'm praying to the US being eliminated in the first match :idea:

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We all know why you don't take a siesta...

And respect to the WC: I'm praying to the US being eliminated in the first match :idea:

#1 - Wrong again.  Actually, I DO take a siesta.  Have been ever since working at the U.N.  Take note, aspiring diplomat:  Best place to catch a siesta in NYC while at work - at the Security Council gallery at the UN.  Just don't let the Spanish Permanent Rep catch you.  :wwww:

#2 - I'm lighting candles that Spain won't even make it.   :idea:

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#2 - I'm lighting candles that Spain won't even make it.   :idea:

Do what do you want, we're in a free world and you can put a pink flower in your nose if you want! But I also can do what I want, think what I want in the place I want and because I want, so :rolleyes:

And I'm going to be a year in Madrid firstly, and Spain won't send a first year diplomat to the UN :alien:

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And I'm going to be a year in Madrid firstly, and Spain won't send a first year diplomat to the UN

I should hope not.  THat would be terribly embarassing for Spain.   :sniffle:

Why have to be me? There are 50 new diplomats each year :rolleyes:

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New form of transport for South Africa in time for the 2010 World Cup?

Trouble On The Line For New SA Train

It has been approved. Construction will start next month:

SA Approves Controversial Train

Mo Rush and others, is this a good first step transportation-wise in preparation for the 2010 World Cup?

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yes it is...but i doubt it will be complete for 2010.....as much as an optimist that i am...im not sure...the 2010 world cup does not depend on this train..although it will produce mass benefits it shouldn't relfect how prepared south africa is to host...

1. south africa wont have a problem building stadia...the announcement will be made in march and stadia will be completed by 2009 june for the latest....stadia need to be complete 2008 for the confederations cup to be hosted here as  a test event.

2. cape town joburg and durban ina  news article will spend 3 billion rand each...although when converting this to other currencies this might appear to be low...construction is very cheap here...so building a large stadium here in comparison to one in london comes at a very low price....

3. most of the preparation for 2010 will not be in the massive infrastructure projects that show a visible sign of readyness..but the true preparation will go on behind the scenes..in terms of logistics, security and careful planning...germany 2006 will stand as the perfect world cup for us...as sydney stands as the model games for future games hosts....

4. transport in cape town durban and johannesburg is far behind schedule in terms of preparing for the world cup and everyone should know that....when the transport plans are complete...they will be excellent and well suited for the world cup

5. essentially...the world cup will be judged by the quality of matches...whether the stadia are ready or not...the experience by fans and many other factors....

6. people in south africa do not yet realise the scale of fifa world cup and can not yet comprehend the magnitude of this event....and this is prevalent across all races, cultures and social classes

7. in terms of transport it is a good step...in south africa once things start moving and going they really do start moving...this momentum will spread to cape town and other parts of the country

athlone stadium curently:

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planned athlone stadium vision:

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some articles:

CAPE TOWN — Preparations for the 2010 Soccer World Cup changed up a gear when soft-drinks company Coca-Cola committed itself to a $100m partnership with Fifa for the event, even though the global showpiece is still five years away.

Excited 2010 World Cup local organising committee CEO Danny Jordaan said Coca-Cola became the fourth global partner of the showpiece that is to be held in SA — the first world cup on the African continent — and now only two international companies are still outstanding.

Coca-Cola joins Hyundai, Adidas and Sony as global partners while talks are already under way to conclude deals with the 2010 World Cup sponsors.

“I don’t think Fifa has ever had a situation in which all the major partners have committed themselves five years before the event,” Jordaan said. “The last two global partners should be signed up by December this year.

“This shows international companies have tremendous confidence in SA. It has never happened in world cup history that global partners for the next World Cup have already been confirmed while there is still another event (the 2006 World Cup in Germany) coming up. This is a huge boost for SA,” said Jordaan.

The announcement came just a day after Fifa president Sepp Blatter said the world football governing body would build headquarters for the South African Football Association (Safa) near Soccer City, south of Johannesburg, at a cost of between R50m and R70m. Construction on the project is expected to start in January and has to be completed by the end of July next year because Fifa will share the complex with Safa after the World Cup in Germany.

Coca-Cola chairman Neville Isdell also announced a partnership with Fifa by which the soft-drinks company will extend its association with Fifa for 16 years.

Isdell said the agreement was worth $500m and encompassed all the sponsorship deals Coca-Cola has with football at youth, domestic and at senior level.

Blatter said the long-term agreement illustrated the relationship of trust between the two organisations.

Developments in the past few days have taken many by surprise. Jordaan said a few months ago that Fifa did not like to shift media focus from the impending 2006 World Cup, to the tournament after that.

This week’s announcements have done just that and even Blatter hinted that he could not wait for the 2010 showpiece. “I have had a wish for Africa to host the world cup since the beginning of my career with Fifa in 1974.

“It is indeed with a lot of emotion that I am addressing you on this historic day in this beautiful city of Cape Town.

“It (Africa) is my continent and I feel at home,” Blatter said.

Jordaan also revealed that even the negotiations for the 2010 World Cup broadcast rights were close to completion.

Cash shock for Cape Town ahead of World Cup

By Myolisi Gophe

The city of Cape Town needs to spend a staggering R3-billion to be ready for the 2010 soccer World Cup, but time is fast running out for upgrading the city's public transport system and get ting sport stadiums ready.

While city officials claim there is plenty of time to meet World Cup requirements, a check of progress so far reveals that very little has been done on the ground.

For a start, there is still no clarity on the preferred venue for World Cup matches - and, until a final decision is taken on this, engineers and planners cannot begin infrastructure projects.

The City of Cape Town wants to upgrade the Athlone stadium, but many believe that the Newlands Rugby Stadium is a better alternative, while a third group believes a new soccer stadium should be built from scratch.

Half a million rand is needed to upgrade Athlone Stadium alone

Frank van der Velde, strategic adviser to the mayoral committee charged with transport, said a lot of design work has already been done, but admitted that more could have been done had the match venue already been decided.

A report this week by the Development Bank of Southern Africa warns that Cape Town needs to spend R2.262-billion on infrastructure projects - and around R520-million to upgrade the Athlone Stadium (the city's preferred World Cup venue). Johannesburg needs to spend around R2.962-billion and Durban about R2.250-billion.

The bank, as adviser and partner in the 2010 World Cup, provides the technical support in respect of the assessment of infrastructural requirements. It also does an audit of the capacity of the prospective host cities.

The bank last week presented its report to 10 candidate cities that are keen to host World Cup matches.

The report ranked Johannesburg as needing the biggest infrastructural capital injection, with Cape Town second and Durban third.

Johannesburg needs the most spending on infrastructure

The cities were ranked in terms of how well they met Fifa technical requirements, such as the cost of upgrading match and training venues, accommodation, transportation, safety and security, banking and financial services, medical and emergency services, the number of restaurants, the potential number of volunteers and financial capacity.

The national government has committed itself to funding an upgrade of the transport sector, but time is running out to start the massive renewal projects.

The positioning of match venues plays a vital role in planning public transport initiatives and supporting infrastructure projects.

However, there is no finality yet on which Cape Town stadium will host games.

Roleplayers attending the Western Cape Sports Summit held a few weeks ago agreed that there should be one stadium, but they could not reach consensus on where the venue should be.

Newlands was named in the bid book, but the city prefers Athlone Stadium while the South African Football Association of Western Province has expressed its unhappiness with that choice.

The R520-million to upgrade Athlone Stadium is the second highest cost to upgrade a match venue after the R570-million needed to upgrade FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Van der Velde said this week the city's transport infrastructure needed to be upgraded to give easy access to matches.

While taxis will rely on the R7,7-billion taxi recapitalisation process announced by national government, the national department of transport has set aside R2,7-billion for passenger rail infrastructure and R2,3-billion for buses this financial year, said transport ministry spokesperson Collen Msibi.

The Western Cape department of transport and public works is restructuring the public transport system as one of the projects to support the tournament.

Jacqui Gooch, the director of strategic support in the department, said other projects include improving links to the airport, upgrading coach terminals, the improvement of inner city public transport and the installation of an integrated fare management system.

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germany 2006 will stand as the perfect world cup for us...as sydney stands as the model games for future games hosts....

BCN'92 AND LA'84 are also very good examples, so... :rolleyes: Sydney'00 were for me a very 'simple' games... they hadn't the 'wow effect' for me...  :oops:

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