Soccer City ‘won’t become a white elephant’

2010-08-04 13:42

Soccer City, which was built for the 2010 World Cup, is expected to cost between R25 million and R30 million a year to maintain.

“But that will not be a problem,” Barry Pollen, director of Stadium Management South Africa, said today.

There are fears that some of the World Cup stadiums will become white elephants.

“Not Soccer City,” said Pollen.
“Soccer City will more than pay for itself. We have already secured 27 events for the stadium this year – and that is not counting the matches we staged here during the World Cup.

"We will have no problem in finding the R2 million-plus per month to successfully run this venue and that goes for Orlando, Rand and Dobsonville stadiums.”

Stadium Management South Africa is contracted to manage Soccer City, Orlando, Dobsonville and the Rand stadiums.

Pollen said the R2 million-plus per month expenses were not only for the running of the stadium, but for making sure that the pitch and the interior of the stadium would always be in top condition.

He said Soccer City had become a multipurpose venue.

“We have the Telkom Charity Cup here on Saturday and 90 000 tickets have been sold for this annual Premier Soccer League season opener.

"We have booked the stadium for rugby matches, concerts, cultural and church events."

“We will also use Soccer City for conferences, birthday parties and other corporate events. There is no fear that Soccer City will become a white elephant.

"All new stadiums are built nowadays as multipurpose venues.”

A judgment on the naming of Soccer City is expected to be heard in the South Gauteng High Court tomorrow.

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