One of the most artistic football venues in South Africa, the newly-built Cape Town Stadium is situated in one of the most sought-after areas in the city of Cape Town.
The Stadium is one of the two semifinal venues for the FIFA World Cup. This multi-purpose venue is also going to be used to stage major events and concerts. Fans will be a stone’s throw from the ocean and the mountains of Cape Town will also provide the backdrop for matches. The location is ideal as it is a short walk from the transportation hub of the city. The new stadium has been partly built on land that was previously used as a golf course.
The actual estimated cost for the building was budgeted at about R2.857-billion but due to economic environmental impacts; the cost have escalated to approximately an estimated R4-billion.
The stadium, which has an exterior that is covered with noise-reducing cladding has a capacity of 70 000 and is close to completion. The Green Point Common, on which the new 2010 stadium stands, was originally much larger than what now remains, and included most of the land between the sea and Signal Hill, stretching from the city centre towards Sea Point.
After the World Cup, the City will lease the stadium to operator Stade de France for an estimated 30 years. The operating lease will include managing the urban park and Common surrounding the stadium. The top tier of seats inside the stadium will be removed, leaving 55 000 seats.
Name: Cape Town Stadium
Capacity: 70 000
Fixtures: five group, one second round, quarter-final, semi-final