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Old stadium to be used for training

By Ramatsiyi Moholoa | Sep 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE existing Peter Mokaba Stadium will now serve as the only 2010 World Cup training venue in Polokwane.

THE existing Peter Mokaba Stadium will now serve as the only 2010 World Cup training venue in Polokwane.

"After revising the whole plan, Fifa said we can use only one training venue because we will be hosting four matches," said Ndavhe Ramakuela, Polokwane's World Cup director.

The Polokwane municipality initially wanted to use the Seshego Stadium and a new stadium to be built in Mankweng as training venues.

The existing Peter Mokaba Stadium, which is next to the new one being built for the World Cup, has been closed for upgrading.

"We are quite happy with our preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The new stadium is almost complete and we are 94percent ready," said Ramakuela.

"Sixtypercent of the chairs have been installed and the process of mowing the grass has already started, which is a clear indication that we are well on track.

"The floodlights have also been installed. We have started testing them and everything has been going well for us.

"We are doing the final touches in most of the areas inside the stadium and expect everything to be completed by the end of October."

In a move aimed at easing traffic around the stadium, the Polokwane municipality has converted some of the major streets into one-way streets.

"We have also opened a visitors' information centre here in Polokwane near the Jack Botes Hall, at a cost of R8,2million, donated by the department of tourism.

"The centre has Internet access for people who want to know more about things like entertainment, restaurants and hotels."

Ramakuela said the fan park for the World Cup has been moved from Hoërskool Tom Naude to Polokwane cricket club.

"It was going to be too costly. The good thing about the cricket club is that it is only 1,5km away from the Peter Mokaba Stadium. The tender is out for fan park management."


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