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The official thread of the Cape Town 2028 Olympic Bid. All news, updates and information relating to the bid will appear in this thread over the coming weeks.

To mark the opening of this thread, we present you with a video displaying the existing Olympic venues that would be used during the Games. A video to present the temporary and planned permanent venues will also be released along with other videos to inform and inspire the public.

The video can be viewed at youtube.com,


Do enjoy!

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Existing Venues

Olympic Green 4-6 mins from village

Olympic Stadium 82,000 Athletics T&F, Football, Ceremonies

Olympic Tennis Centre 23,000 Tennis

Triathlon, Granger Bay N/A

City Centre 1 minute from Village

Cape Town International Convention Centre, Badminton, Wrestling, Weighlifting, Fencing, Table Tennis

Good Hope Centre, 8,000 Boxing

CTICC Arena 15,000 Artistic gymnastics, Basketball(Finals), Handball(Finals)

Table Bay Harbour, 2,000, Sailing

Newlands Cluster 12 mins from village

Sahara Park Newlands, Archery, 20,000

Newlands Rugby Stadium, Football 50,000

Newlands Aquatic , Waterpolo, 5000


University of Stellenbosch, Modern Pentathlon

Coetzenberg Mountains, Mountain Bike

Other existing:

Football Apart from Newlands and Olympic stadium

Athlone Stadium, Cape Town, 35,000

Soccer City, Johannesburg 95,000

King Senz Stadium, Durban 60,000

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE 40,000

Numerous alternatives available

Sea Point Pavillion, Diving, 5,000

Olympic Velodome, Cycling(Track) 6,000

Milnerton Regatta Centre, 15,000, Rowing and Canoe/Kayak

Kenilworth Racecourse, 25,000 , Equestrian

Hartleyvale Olympic Hockey Centre, 15,000, Hockey

New venues


Olympic Green

Cape Town International Aquatic Centre, 16,000, Swimming, Synch Swimming, Waterpolo (Finals) - Planned

Atlantis Shooting Centre, N/A, Shooting


Camps Bay Beach, Beach Volleyball, 10,000

Olympic Green Arena 1 - Handball 10,000 2- Rythmic Gymnastics 8,000

Olympic Park Expo 10 mins from Village

Pavillion 1, Indoor Volleyball 12,000

Pavillion 2,Basketball 10,000

Pavillion 3,Judo & Taekwondo 6,000

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Correction: 21,000 is the total capacity

Centre Court 11,500

Court Number 1 5,000

Court Number 2 2,000

Ten outside courts each with capacity 200 = 2,000

One extra outside court in addition to providing 200 seats, will provide space on a grass embankment which will surround the court for 500 spectators.

I hope this clears things up.

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Press Release

Cape Town 2028 reveals Aquatic Centre shortlist

23 December 2006

The competition to design the Cape Town 2028 Olympic Aquatic Centre has reached an important stage with the short listing of four architectural practices/teams.

The planned Olympic Aquatics Centre will be a key Olympic venue and will be located at the Olympic Green, within minutes of the City Centre. It will sit beside the 82,000 seat Olympic stadium and existing tennis centre and will be used during the Paralympic Games as well.

The competition has received a significant amount of entries from within South Africa and from international firms and teams with 150 expressions of interest, resulting in 30 submissions.

The names or titles of the teams have not been revealed and each will simply be referred to as “Option A, B, C and D”. This was decided upon to ensure that the final decision is only based on design, sustainability and practicality.

The swimming facility, to be funded by the City of Cape Town in conjunction with the National Treasury, will provide a much needed aquatics facility to be used for both elite athletes and for recreational purposes. The government has committed to an aquatics centre being built whatever the outcome of the bid.

The Panel that will judge the competition is still currently being selected and will act as an independent panel to ensure an unbiased final decision. The panel will be revealed within days.

Mo Rush, Chairman of Cape Town 2028 – the company bidding to bring the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to Cape Town - said: ‘We are inspired by the designs presented to us and we embrace the opportunity to work with some of the most creative planners and architects in the world to help bring the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to Cape Town in 2028. The Aquatics Centre will leave a lasting legacy for the city as a whole and is planned to be in use before the start of the Games. South Africa has a proud history of Olympic swimming success and we aim to build on this by providing a spectacular venue for the Olympic Champions of the next generation. This is what our bid is all about.’

Helen Zille, Mayor of Cape Town, said: ‘The final four architects that have been chosen to design the proposed Aquatics Centre have displayed an unrivalled passion to design a venue that all Capetonians can be proud of, but most importantly a venue that all Capetonians can use. I very much look forward to winning design’.

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Aquatic Centre funding secured

The independent judging panel, responsible for selecting the winning design for the Olympic Aquatic Centre has been selected. They represent a mix of local and international experts in various fields. The final decision and the unveiling of the winning design is set to take place in early January and funding for the Aquatic Centre has been secured. The cost of the key Olympic venue is set to be between $80 million and $90 million dollars, in line with the low costs of construction in the local market. The City of Cape Town in association with Swimming South Africa will provide close to 75% of the funding, while the national treasury will contribute the remainder and underwrite cost overruns. Construction is set to begin in the second quarter of 2022 and be complete by 2025 for the Fina World Swimming Championships.

“We’ve done our homework and we’ve crunched the figures and we’re well on our way to constructing the best aquatic facility not only in South Africa but on the entire African continent. The city is prepared to contribute $58 million to ensure that the venue is top notch. We are really looking forward to the winning design so that construction can begin in 2022 and be complete by 2025, on time and within the budget.” said Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille.

The Aquatic Centre will be constructed at the Olympic Green, 2 minutes from the City Centre.

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Construction costs are significantly lower in south africa.

Aquatic Centre cost: R720million

World cup stadium: Peter Mokaba R750 million

Mbombela stadium : R900 million

In fact $75 million should be adequate. $90 million is more than enough.

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Cape Town steps up 2028 bid with final changes

With just over a month to go until the naming of the city to host the 2028 Olympics, Cape Town has made slight changes to its application - indicating that the Games would begin in mid September, and giving the Waterfront a higher profile.

The Cape Town 2028 Committee, meeting in Cape Town, ratified the new measures and changed some of the suggested sites.

According to the revised Cape Town 2028 plan, the games will most likely take place from 15 September to 1 October.

The Waterfront which receives well over 30 million visitors annually, which was only going to serve as a spectator entertainment, retail,accommodation and cultural zone, now becomes the venue for two new venues, the Olympic Superbowl and the new Olympic Velodrome.

The latter, originally set for the existing Bellville Velodrome 20km from the Olympic Village, will now be constructed instead. "The existing velodrome would be 31 years in use by 2028 and it was felt that a new facility would provide a better legacy for Cape Town and a world class facility for cyclists." said Mo Rush, 2028 Bid Chairman. The new velodrome is in the preliminary design phase and would be located within 5 minutes of the Athletes Village.

The committee confirmed the construction of the Cape Town Olympic Superbowl at the Waterfront site where Artistic Gymnastic events, handball finals and basketball finals will take place.

Regarding the Olympic Park, the mayor of Cape Town, Helen Zille, issued the assurance that the development of the parklands at a former military base would still go ahead but that only 2 temporary pavilions for judo, taekwondo and basketball preliminaries would be constructed. The Olympic Park development would see "more than 15 hectares of greenery" as well as community recreational facilities.

If Cape Town wins the right to host the 2028 Olympic Games, 32 sites will be used in the event.

Summary of final venue changes:

1. Construction of a new waterfront velodrome. (previous plan - use of existing velodrome)

2. Construction of a new indoor arena, the Olympic Superbowl to seat 22,000. (previous plan - CTICC arena)

3. The planned CTICC arena would now stage Indoor Volleyball, (previous location at the Olympic Park.)

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I do enjoy your crits, but thats just sounding stupid.

A new velodrome to replace a 35 year old velodrome that has seen better days.

A superdome at a highly succesful waterfront location, which will integrated into the waterfront with conference, retail and office space and seat 10,000 after the games.

A shooting centre 50km outside of cape town for $15 mil.

And of course a much needed aquatic centre.

All venues that Cape Town would seriously need to consider/build in a real 2028 bid.

Please do your homework, I would find something to crit regarding the Perth bid, but its far from being interesting mr. STadium WA.

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Realistically Cape Town needs some major indoor sports competition before any of this could be considered sustianable on real terms. For a fantasy competition i see your reasons.

Just gives me a better indication of how suspect a real Cape Town Olympic Games will be, thats all.

In terms of Stadium WA, my hands are really tied until a decision about Perth's stadium are made in March. So for the bid, to make it as realistic as possible, that is what i have to go with.

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Before any of what could be seen as sustainable?

CT has a velodrome, its regularly in use. How will a new velodrome in the year 2028 be unsustainable?

An indoor arena at the waterfront, unsustainable? 22,000 seats for the games and 10,000 seats after the games? how is that unsustainable? the waterfront was sold last year for $1 billion and another $1 billion will be spent before 2010, an indoor arena with office, retail and conference space in the year 2028 is quite feasible, an indoor arena would have to be built whether cape town bids today or whether cape town bids in 2028. Sydney had to build a superdome right? Instead this facility will not be far from the city centre,(homebush) its waterfront location is viable. Cape Town does need a major indoor concert venue, and even if the venue is completely converted into office, retail and conference space, retaining a 10,000 seat indoor arena as the main indoor venue in CT certainly won't go to waste.

Im still not sure what you're so confused about?

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I'm not confused. I just think if this was a real big, finding tennants for a 10,000seat arena would be suspect in Cape Town. Sure it can be used for concerts, but their are very few indoor arena's that large around the world that get by just on music performances.

You cant compare to the Sydney SuperDome. Sydney see's far more music acts and sporting events then Cape Town does, currently- or at least events that will attract larger crowds.

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If this was a real bid you would see a 10,000 seat indoor arena as one of many new arenas built. The 2004 bid proposed at least 7 arena's so how is one 10,000 seat indoor arena in cape town not feasible?I could draw up a calendar of events for one arena but thats just pushing it. I think im slightly more qualified to know whether a 10,000 seat indoor arena in Cape Town would be feasible or not. I know you keep pushing the "fantasy bid" card, in a "real" bid you would see more indoor arena's proposed across the city so perhaps im even being too cautious.

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Stadium: All systems go

By Linsday Dentlinger

The construction of a 68 000-seater stadium at the Green Point Common for the 2010 World Cup has been given the all-clear following two critical decisions by Environment, Planning and Economic Development MEC Tasneem Essop today.

She is sticking with last year's decision to build the stadium on a portion of the Metropolitan Golf Course, and she has agreed to the city's recommendation that the Green Point Common be rezoned from a public open space to one for community facilities.

"My decision addresses the triple bottom line of sustainable development which ensures environmental integrity, economic development and social justice," she said today.

Essop said she believed that negative environmental im-pacts put to her in 23 appeals against her department's environmental Record of Decision (ROD) at the end of October would be adequately mitigated.

"I am convinced that far from having a substantial detrimental effect on the environment, overall the new stadium and urban park on Green Point Common will have a beneficial im-pact on the local environment and will benefit the broader Cape Town community," she said.

"The benefits of this amenity to the broader public outweigh any potential negative environmental impacts that could be experienced by the immediate communities of Green Point, Mouille Point and Granger Bay."

But in a review of the environmental ROD, Essop has added new conditions, none of which will affect the immediate commencement of construction.

Throwing the ball back into the city's court, Essop is demanding that within six months, the city must submit site development plans for the new urban park for the World Cup tournament, as well as plans for the period after 2010.

Another ROD amendment made by Essop is that within the next month, the city must submit a plan for a public participation process, which includes the provision of information to and consultation with the broader Cape Town community and communities in the vicinity of the urban park.

Essop said this condition was to give everyone an opportunity to determine the future layout of the urban park, which is to be retained as a sport, recreational and public space.

In the past few weeks, the city has been engaged in protracted negotiations with a major objector to the stadium, the Green Point Common Association, on the layout of the urban park.

"If properly developed and operated, it can be a green lung of metropolitan significance," said Essop.

She said she would not accept a re-organisation of the existing sports fields and golf course, or an outflow area of the stadium. She said the area had to become a multi-purpose space for sporting activities, informal trading and recreation.

Explaining why she was not upholding appeals against the building of the stadium, Essop said she was satisfied that the conditions incorporated in the environmental ROD would mitigate adverse im-pacts of the con- struction and operation of the stadium and park.

These conditions include limiting the height of the building, ad-dressing the visual and aural impact of the stadium and surrounding podium, and dealing with roads, parking and transport to and from the stadium.

Essop has also not backed down on the original decision that the stadium be constructed on the existing golf course site rather than at the existing stadium site.

She said the construction of the stadium on the golf course site presented opportunities for the preservation of historical linkages with surrounding sites such as Fort Wynard, Somerset Hospital and the Green Point Track.

It was her view that this site also provided better opportunity for the accommodation of existing sporting codes, better use of the land and resources and the retention of distinctive boundaries between green open areas and infrastructure.

The city has been negotiating with the Metropolitan Golf Club to move the golf course westwards, a plan the club has agreed to in principle.

Published on the web by Cape Argus on January 5, 2007. © Cape Argus 2007. All rights reserved.

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Cape Town moves closer to Games dream


Olympic Green Vision

The initial plan to situate the Olympic Games village on the edge of the City Centre has now been scrapped for an urban park location within walking distance of the Olympic Stadium. The Olympic Village which will provide a home for 15,000 athletes and officials is now centred around an urban park planned for the 2010 World Cup. The Olympic Green will now be fully integrated into the waterfront site, the location of two new venues, namely, the Superbowl and Olympic Velodrome.

The Olympic stadium has been given the thumbs up and should begin construction within one month. Plans to construct two temporary indoor arena's at the Olympic Green have been thrown out. The two temporary arena's will now be moved to the site at Culemborg, on the doorstep of the City Centre, the initial site of the Olympic Village.

The Olympic Green and Waterfront will now host:

Existing by 2010:

Athletics, Track and Field








Artistic Gymnastics

Basketball Finals

Handball Finals

Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming, Water polo Finals

The City centre located within 2.5km of the Olympic Green will host the Main Media Centre, and the following sports:

Existing Venues:

* Wrestling



*Table Tennis


*Indoor Volleyball

Temporary new venues:

*Rythmic Gymnastics


"I feel as if we are moving towards a plan that is falling into place as speak. A sustainable and spectacular Olympic proposal which we hope will impress and inspire the voting members. We've done our best and this will be presented in our bid book" said Cape Town Mayor, Helen Zille.

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