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Durban Kicks off the 2010 stadium roll out in grand style!!

The new Senzangakhona sport stadium unveiled

15 June, 2006

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FUTURISTIC: 2010 and beyond - the new Senzangakhone stadium will be a world-class multi-purpose sporting facility

The new Senzangakhona Stadium, unveiled this morning at Durban's ICC by KwaZulu-Natal's Premier Sbu Ndebele and eThekwini Mayor Councillor Obed Mlaba, will be a world-class stadium.

The new stadium will be built on the site of the existing King's Park stadium and has been designed as a first-class multi-purpose sporting facility.

The project has been awarded to the Ibhola Lethu consortium.

Projected capital expenditure on construction of the stadium is R1,6 billion, making it the most ambitious construction project undertaken in South Africa to date.

The stadium will be built to comply with international safety and security standards.

Senzangakhona stadium key features

The stadium will have a seating capacity for 70 000 people.

The arches will be 100m high.

Wembley stadium arch height = 133m. Athens Olympic Stadium Arch height = 72m.

The stadium will cover 320 x 280 square metres and will be 45m in height.

Important milestones

Physical demolition of the existing stadium will take place end June.

Building construction will begin towards the end of the year.

Source:www.durban.gov.za

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That stadium looks amazing, and I'm sure South Africa will have a tremendous impact on FIFA'S World Cup history.

Even with all the excitement and good work done so far by the Germans in this World Cup, I can't wait to see what South Africa is preparing.

Good luck!

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That stadium looks amazing, and I'm sure South Africa will have a tremendous impact on FIFA'S World Cup history.

Even with all the excitement and good work done so far by the Germans in this World Cup, I can't wait to see what South Africa is preparing.

Good luck!

When will the qualifying round start? September-october 2008?

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When will the qualifying round start? September-october 2008?

For European countries it will indeed start around september/october 2008. Other regions start earlier.

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STADIA TO BE USED

Stadium Existing Capacity 2010 Capacity

[Existing]

Soccer City Johannesburg 70,000 - 94,700

Ellis Park 60,000 - 75,000

Free State Stadium 38,000 - 52,000

Loftus Versfeld 50,000 - 50,000

Rustenberg Stadium 35,000 - 45,000

[New]

King Senzangakhona Durban(New) 70,000 (capacity could reach 100,000 with temporary seating)

African Rennaissance Stadium Cape Town (New) 70,000 (retractable roof)

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (New) 50,000

Mbombela Stadium Limpopp (New) 45,000

Peter Mokaba Stadium Nelspruit (Major Upgrade) 40,000

STADIA NOT BEING USED

Newlands Stadium Cape Town 50,000

Absa Stadium Durban 55,000

Athlone Stadium Cape Town 30,000

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Durban's skywalk stadium

June 16, 2006 Edition 1

GREG ARDÉ & NOLOYISO MCHUNU

PEDESTRIANS will enjoy panoramic 360-degree views of Durban's sea and cityscape as they walk 100m above the turf at the "iconic" new R1.6 billion King Senzangakhona soccer stadium, plans of which were unveiled in Durban yesterday.

The covered stadium, to be built ahead of the 2010 World Cup, will boast a spectacular pedestrian arch which, at 100m, will be as high as the city's landmark Roma Revolving Restaurant atop John Ross House on the Esplanade.

An international consortium that counts Durban advocate Kessie Naidu as one of its local members has been awarded the tender to design and project manage construction of eThekwini's new showpiece.

Naidu is the Chairman of the BKS Group, a civil engineering firm that will act as lead consultants in the Ibhola Lethu consortium that was awarded the design and project management of the 280m-wide stadium project.

The site is a 2ha piece of land opposite Durban's Absa rugby stadium and is home to the old soccer stadium, which is being demolished.

Premier S'bu Ndebele announced the successful consortium at the launch of the concept design at the International Convention Centre in Durban yesterday.

Mayor Obed Mlaba said the stadium, to be built in part to host a semi-final during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, would stimulate the regional economy and create jobs.

Julie-May Ellingson, who heads the city's strategic projects unit, said the public would receive a detailed technical briefing in a fortnight.

But she did reveal that the 70 000 to 85 000-seater stadium would have an athletics track and would be suitable for a host of sports.

It had been financially modelled to pay for itself, but might cost ratepayers R2 million a year in subsidies.

"We will be very aggressive in attracting international sporting events," she said.

Ellingson said the stadium, named after King Shaka's father, would have 2 600 hospitality seats for businesses that could not afford the 120 corporate boxes.

Ordinary tickets would cost the same as the R25 now charged for soccer fans, but with annual inflation increases.

Part of the concept proposal for the stadium is a 10 000-bay underground parking lot where the train shunting yards are.

It is also envisaged that Walter Gilbert Avenue will be turned into a pedestrian boulevard.

The tender for construction of the stadium will be announced in November. Construction will begin in January next year to be completed by January 2009.

Construction will involve 5 300 tons of steel and 190 000 tons of concrete. The stadium will have a basement with restaurants and curio shops facing the sea.

The project management tender is worth about 13% of the total R1.6 billion cost and the balance is spent on construction.

The BKS Group is among South Africa's top three civil engineering firms and heads the Ibhola Lethu consortium.

Ibhola Lethu includes German-based GMP International, a firm of architects, another German firm, SBP (structural engineers with experience in roofs), local architects T&J Ambrose Afrique, Durban quantity surveyors Letchmiah Daya Mandindi, Ilison Consulting Engineers (civils), Singatha Africa (traffic management), Ibuya Consulting (electrical) and LSG International (mechanical engineers). There are 14 sub-consultants and five specialist consultants.

According to BKS KZN Regional Director Tim Ter Haar, his company has managed the construction of the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg, the Ellis Park, Loftus and Absa stadiums, as well as the FNB Soccer City in Gauteng. Ter Haar said BKS, in conjunction with GMP, was the lead consultant on three new stadiums for 2010.

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the stadium looks brilliant, im sure south africa will do a brilliant job in hosting the 2010 world cup!

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Interesting news item:

BERLIN, June 21, 2006 (AFP) - Matches at the 2010 World Cup could take place on synthetic pitches, the president of FIFA Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday.

``In the future, it will be necessary to have pitches that can resist all weather conditions,'' Blatter told the Si news agency.

``This has to be studied further. We are in the process of collecting the information on this question. Perhaps at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa this stage will have been reached.''

Blatter also admitted that there were problems being used with the grounds at this World Cup where some of the grass ``is yellow rather than green''.

``The stadiums with roofs which totally or partially cover the stands to protect the fans from rain and sun prevent the sun and the wind from getting to the grass,'' he said.

AFP

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The pitches at this world cup have been fine. Grass has worked fine for the last century, why change it?

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they havent been fine..did u see munich's pitch in that second match..was realyl brown and crappy near the edges of the keepers box

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they havent been fine..did u see munich's pitch in that second match..was realyl brown and crappy near the edges of the keepers box

Thats just wear from the use, look at Wimbledon on the second week.

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Interesting news item:

Pitches of sand = Third World pitches :blink:

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