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By unknown | Oct 22, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE 89000-seater, calabash-inspired Soccer City highlights African design and ingenuity, Aveng said yesterday.

THE 89000-seater, calabash-inspired Soccer City highlights African design and ingenuity, Aveng said yesterday.

This company and its subsidiary Grinaker-LTA were celebrating the roof-wetting of Soccer City and the start of the final inspections.

"We are immensely proud of this landmark development. this was achieved with one million disabling injury-free man hours, an unprecedented achievement under such tight deadlines," chief executive officer Roger Jardine said yesterday.

The company was committed to sustainability beyond the construction, he said.

"Soccer City has contributed R512million worth of procurement investments to broad-based black economic empowerment companies and a total of 4700 job opportunities for the local community."

According to project director Mike Moody, building the stadium required 90000 cubic metres of concrete, about 10000 tons of reinforcement steel, nine million bricks and 13000 tons of structural steel. The structure has a double layer of fabric roof and required 32400 fibre cement panels to complete the calabash-inspired design of the facade.

"It has taken some 9980000 (man) hours to complete the construction of Soccer City, since the project's inception in 2007," Moody said. The organising committee had asked for "a meaningful African design".

"It is incredible to have witnessed the transformation of the site into what will be a landmark for the country and the continent at large," said Grinaker managing director Neil Cloete.

Every seat in the stadium has an unrestricted view of the pitch and the grounds, with the furthest seat 105m from the centre of the pitch. There are 193 suites and 2700 seats provided solely for the media. Eight hundred and sixty parking bays and 77 concession kiosks are included in the grounds. Soccer City will host both the opening and final matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

"It is by far the largest stadium in Africa. It is also the biggest all-seated stadium ever built for any football World Cup," Cloete said.


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