Durban 2010 Stadium on track

May 6, 2007

One of the local Durban newspapers ran an interesting article the other day regarding construction progress at the new ‘Moses Madhiba Stadium’, currently being built on the site of the old Kings Park soccer stadium. The main gist of the piece was that the construction progress is pretty much on schedule and expected to be complete as planned in 2009.  I drive past the site every day on my way to and from work, and it is certainly a hive of activity. All the piling and diaphragm walling is complete, as are the two anchors for the main roof arch.  Here are a couple of pictures that I took whilst at the Sharks Super 14 rugby game on Saturday (the Sharks ground is opposite the new stadium site). 

Durban New Stadium Construction 1 May 07Durban New Stadium Construction 1 May 07

I also stumbled across a document entitled ‘Portfolio Committee on Sport & Recreation 23rd January 2007 – Presentation by Ms Julie-May Ellingson (Head: Strategic Projects Unit & 2010 Programme)’ on the local municipality’s website.  As well as an update on progress to date for the Durban 2010 stadium, it includes some other insights into infrastructure improvements that will form part of the 2010 preparations.  It has some great artist impressions of what the new stadium will look like. 

New Durban Stadium - View 1Durban Stadium View 2Durban Stadium View 3

An interesting fact to emerge from the document is the cost per seat for the new stadium.  Based on ‘Franklin and Andrews’ benchmarking figures, the typical cost of a 70000 seat stadium is GBP 210m, or GBP 3000/seat.  The cost for the Durban stadium is GBP 182m, or GBP 2600/seat.  This looks like a good deal when you consider the iconic status of the under-construction stadium.

You can see the full document here.


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    You have just shown great progresss in your work thumbs for the Entire South African popullation. We hope to be there in the Great Stadias that is bieng built supporting our greatest and most wonderfull game soccer. we shall all stand behind the African teams this is our time to take what belongs to us. I’m here in Zimbabwe we all hope to be there and only when the dictator currently running our country retires help us good people. Thank Yuo

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