Stadium paying for itself

2010-07-24 00:00

IF you were at the Sharks game at King’s Park stadium last night, you could have ended your evening bungee jumping into the darkened cavern of the Moses Mabhida stadium next door.

This has become such a popular activity, says eThekwini municipal manager Mike Sutcliffe, that on big match nights bungee jumping goes on until 3 am the next day.

The place is humming, said Sutcliffe.

Presenting a financial review of his city to the KZN Legislature, Sutcliffe said there are already signs of the stadium’s sustainability. Within the first three days after the end of the World Cup, Moses Mabhida made R125 000 from visitors doing stadium tours, going on the adventure walk and riding the sky car and the stadium swing.

A Twenty20 cricket match between South Africa and India will be taking place in the stadium early in the new year and football clubs AmaZulu and Golden Arrows have already booked matches there.

Sutcliffe said that when they planned the stadium, they focused on making it sustainable and they are in the process of appointing a stadium operator.

Reporting on World Cup expenditure, he said the city spent R750 million and still has a further R100 million in the budget to spens on rehabilitation work after the recent matches to add final finishing touches.

Host city operating costs amounted to R120 million and overtime costs for city police and other staffers came to R20 million.

 

ETHEKWINI spent no money on World Cup tickets for staff and councillors. City manager Mike Sutcliffe said he hopes action is taken against municipalities who did buy tickets. “It will be grossly unfair if everyone gets off the hook,” he added.

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