Sports stadium set for upgrade

2010-07-30 00:00

SPORTS lovers who frequent the popular Ashdown Stadium can look forward to refurbished facilities in six months’ time.

The Msunduzi Municipality yesterday gave permission for the upgrading of the dilapidated stadium, which is the second most commonly used stadium in Edendale.

Speaking at yesterday’s sitting of the executive committee, Msunduzi’s real estate mana­ger, Blackie Zwart, said the upgrade will have no financial implications for the municipality.

This, he added, is because the developers of the Edendale Mall are “contractually bound to upgrade another council-owned stadium as a set-off for the demolition [of Qokololo Stadium which is making way for the mall].”

Zwart said there is a good reason why the municipality chose Ashdown Stadium for refurbishment over the city’s other stadiums.

He said that after Wadley Stadium, Ashdown Stadium was the most intensely used sporting facility in the Edendale area, even though it is the most run-down.

“The facility is in need of urgent upgrade and modification,” he said.

Wadley Stadium has already undergone a significant upgrade, said Zwart.

He said the upgrade is estimated to cost about R3,5 million, but “the developer has indicated that extra works can be negotiated and that the list of upgrades are not exhaustive”.

Facilities on offer at the stadium include a swimming pool, football field, ablutions, combi courts and change rooms.

As it stands, the upgrade will involve the following:

• fencing of the perimeter;

• upgrading of the stadium’s lighting;

• irrigation of the dragline;

• upgrading the turf’s surface;

• covering of the pavilion’s roof;

• additional stands on the northern and western sides; and

• refurbishment of the ablutions, change rooms, existing grand stand seating and multi-purpose combi courts.

Zwart said the stadium’s upgrade is scheduled to begin this month and is likely to be completed by December.

“Plans for the upgrade will be required to be submitted by the developer to comply with building regulations,” said Zwart.

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