For the 2010 World Cup, South Africa is to get five new stadiums and is refurbishing another five.
Funding is coming from the Treasury and the Development Bank of South Africa but the work is being commissioned and procured by the local municipalities. This has created competition among municipalities keen to have a state of the art facility regardless of the expense.
'Naturally each municipality would want the best possible stadium, but these can not always be justified in terms of what is fit for purpose, ' says van Straaten.
For example for Cape Town's Greenpoint stadium the budget was cut from £210M to £160M. But rather than taking on Arup's recommendations for revised designs, the municipalities are taking the budget cuts but sticking with their original plans and hoping to raise cash locally. This is a solution that could cause long term financial difficulties for the municipalities.
'In general, stadia can not be operated on a profitable basis if the capital investment costs are to be recovered from the revenue, but they can be profitable on an operational cost basis.' Progress on the new stadiums is slow. None, are World Cup ready and construction is yet to start at the majority of them. The existing stadium at Greenpoint has still to be demolished. This slow progress has prompted FIFA to voice its concerns, but speculation that the World Cup will be taken away.
City Stadium Capacity Plan
Johannesburg Soccer City* Ellis Park 94,700 60,000 Upgrade Upgrade
Cape Town Greenpoint Stadium 68,000 New build
Durban King Senzangakhona Stadium 70,000 New build
Port Elizabeth Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 49,500 New Build
Bloemfontein Free State Stadium 40,000 Upgrade
Pretoria Loftus Versfeld Stadium 50,000 Upgrade
Polokwane Peter Mokaba Stadium 45,000 New build
Rustenburg Royal Bafokeng Stadium 40,000 New Build
Nelspruit Mbombela Stadium 40,000 Upgrade
*Soccer City is earmarked to host both opening and final match