Monday, 8 March 2010
World cup stadiums
I went on a tour of all the FIFA World Cup stadiums in South Africa last week, we travelled to each stadium, 7 flights flying a total of around 4200 km's, 24 buses. Travelling to 7 provinces and 9 host cities, all in 5 days... Hectic schedule, but I must admit, I had a great time.Cape Town stadium is easily the best, not the biggest (that honour goes to Soccer City), but it's the location, the design, simply it's the whole package.The Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg, will host a match between England and the USA.The Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit has a unique design, it's missing the pitch, but apparently it only needs 6 weeks to grow. So it's not a problem, yet...The Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth, is also quite impressive.The David Mokaba stadium in Polokwane impressed me quite a bit.Unfortunately the stadium in Bloemfontein seems bland and dull compared to the rest, but it's ready to do the job.Soccer City in Johannesburg is a monster of a stadium, it can hold around 94 000 spectators and it will for the 2010 World Cup final. Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban has a great design and has already hosted international matches.