Upgrading of Bafokeng Palace to start in June

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The upgrading of Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace to meet Fifa requirements is set to start at the beginning of June.

Kennedy Mosiapoa, the North West 2010 World Cup coordinator, said the Phokeng facility would be officially closed at the end of May.

"As you are aware, the stadium is currently used by Silver Stars. We will be closing it at the end of the Premiership season.

"The renovation process will start in June and end in November 2008. Currently we have a capacity of 38000 but we will be adding 6000 new seats."

In the bid book, North West had submitted Olympia Park, Bleskop, Mogwase and Sun City as stadiums earmarked for training purposes for the World Cup.

They have reviewed it by including Tlhabane Stadium as one of the soccer facilities for the legacy projects, that are aimed at upgrading other community institutions. The Rustenburg Local Organising Committee has listed Mafikeng, Colridge in Vryburg, James Motlatsi in Matlosana and Olen Park stadiums as legacy projects.