LOC’s thumbs up for 2010 stadiums

2009-10-02 06:18

THIS week saw a completion of the 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums

inspection tour by a delegation from the South African Organising Committee


The common viewpoint was that the majority of the tournament

stadiums was almost complete in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape (Nelson

Mandela Bay), Durban in KwaZulu-Natal (Moses Mabhida), Nelspruit in Mpumalanga

(Mbombela), Polokwane in Limpopo (Peter Mokaba) and Johannesburg in Gauteng

(Soccer City).

The tour, conducted by a 50-member delegation in six host cities in

as many days, was concluded at the new-look Soccer City (previously FNB Stadium)

in Nasrec yesterday.

The entourage comprised of Fifa’s head of South African office Ron


The following aspects were taken into consideration during the

inspection: competitions, broadcasting, media operations, medical, volunteers,

transport, logistics, safety and security, protocol, marketing, information

technology, hospitality, ticketing and risk management.

Addressing the media at Safa House, LOC chief executive Danny

Jordaan, said he was pleased with the preparations so far. “The new stadiums are

built to the highest standards and we are confident that they will be ready in


Jordaan continued: “The question has always been raised as to

whether we will be ready. This tour has provided ample evidence that indeed we

will be. Now the work of the Organising Committee and Fifa begins in earnest as

we take these stadiums and get them ready to host World Cup matches.”

The operational experts echoed Jordaan’s sentiments that all

stadiums will be completed by the end of the year.

The head of delegation and also an LOC competitions officer Derek

Blanckensee said the tour had proved to be a fruitful one. “We now have been

able to walk around freely in the stadium as it will be during the


The LOC also announced that for the first time, the tour included a

consultant from the South African Disabled Alliance to oversee provisions that

have been made for access for all spectators with disabilities.

Of the 650 527 tickets sold to date for the World Cup, 7 863

wheelchair tickets have been purchased.

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