Cape Town Stadium
|Country||Republic of South Africa|
|Clubs||Ajax Cape Town|
|Inauguration||23.01.2010 (Ajax Cape Town - Santos FC)|
|Contractor||Murray & Roberts|
|Notice||When demand exceeds capacity, the stands alongside the pitch may be enlarged to create the total stadium capacity of 69 070 seats.|
Description: Cape Town Stadium
Construction of a new showcase stadium in Cape Town was prompted by FIFA's decision to grant 2010 World Cup to South Africa, first ever host from this continent. But as the city didn't need a venue of that size, it had numerous opponents from the very start.
German architects Von Gerkan, Marg und Partner were assigned to design it with biggest challenge being to fit a 70,000-capacity stadium in the selected location. On one hand Green Point district is a residential district without high-rise architecture, one the other there's see and Table Mountain in the background, depending on point of view. To make the stadium merge with its surroundings rather than spoil the unique landscape, simple and elegant form was selected, with facades covered by membrane.
Construction works started in March 2010, but suffered from numerous delays (caused by striking workers and human remains being found on site) and eventually contractors handed over the stadium at the last moment set by FIFA, half a year before the tournament.
Cape Town Stadium received massive criticism due to its capacity (after 2010 World Cup it mostly holds 55,000 with extra 15,000 seats being installed temporarily at the top tier). Despite several attempts, no tenant was found to hold games there continuously, neither in football, nor rugby. The fact that it's generating loss only adds to the initial frustration, especially that there was no venue for the 2010 tournament with higher budget.
Cape Town: Naming rights for grabs as operating model changes
After years of being a major burden, will Cape Town Stadium finally climb out of the red? Not likely, but let's keep our fingers crossed. New managing company hopes to lure naming rights partner for the first time.
Cape Town: No football for CT Stadium again?
Ajax Cape Town may find themselves without a home ground for next season as plans are underway to have them evicted. This would leave the notorious World Cup stadium without football use again.
South Africa: Cape Town pushing for 500 million in damages
Mayor of Cape Town assured she won’t let go of former contractor WBHO until the city gets the demanded ZAR 500 million in damages for Cape Town Stadium.
Cape Town: Extra revenue for World Cup stadium?
It may have been the most expensive stadium of the 2010 World Cup, but to this day it fails to generate revenue. Latest idea includes converting a parking site into commercial area.
Forum Seating: Comfort for sports fans
Polish chairs are becoming more and more popular across Europe – after the very successful implementation at the Hungarian Groupama Aréna, further projects were only a matter of time. Nowy Styl Group has already supplied the Abacus chairs to the Grand Stade stadium in Lyon and to the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice where European Championship 2016 will be held.
Cape Town: World Cup stadium turned into… sewage treatment plant?
It may sound like a joke, but this proposal was raised by two large organizations who demand better sewage service in Cape Town. Second most radical proposal after simply demolishing Cape Town Stadium.
Cape Town: 100,000+ ticket demand for Green Point Stadium?
The two-day Rugby Sevens World Series event in South Africa moves to Cape Town. This means possible well over 100,000 tickets sold at the Cape Town Stadium, which desperately needs events.
South Africa: Cape Town first to seek damages for tender rigging
After 2010 World Cup contractors were proven to rig tenders and inflate prices of many projects, now Cape Town is the first city to seek compensation.
Cape Town: “Anchor tenant would stem the bleeding”
Will Cape Town Stadium bleed out? Not likely, but consuming vast amounts of taxpayers money also isn’t a long-term solution. Managing company hopes to find a key tenant, but there’s little reason for optimism.
Cape Town: New managing company for Cape Town Stadium
Yesterday saw the city council vote in favour of establishing a municipal entity to operate the stadium built for the 2010 World Cup. Last-minute effort to give it away was dropped.
Cape Town: Hot debate over stadium demolition
One in five citizens of Cape Town would like the 2010 World Cup stadium to be torn down. Some estimate the entire demolition cost to be half the loss generated every year by the giant. But majority still want to give it time and find a business model.
South Africa: More details on massive collusion before 2010 World Cup
Competition Commission revealed that the country’s biggest contractors agreed to share contracts ahead of the 2010 tournament on condition that each of them would earn at least 17.5% on their works. This led to giant inflation of costs for municipalities.
South Africa: Cities to demand massive compensations for rigged stadium tenders
At least five cities are considering legal challenges against contractors rigging their bids and inflating stadium cost for own gain. In the case of Cape Town even 30% of the stadium budget may have been charged wrongly, according to Associated Press.
Cape Town: Residents furious over planned changes to Cape Town Stadium
When it was still only on paper, the new stadium at Green Point met with strong opposition from local residents. So a ban on commercial outlets inside was announced. Now authorities want to waive the ban, but show little evidence this will improve the venue's financials – say residents.
South Africa: Cape Town Stadium roof leaking, but this isn’t its only problem
One place a roof shouldn’t leak is the press section. Because there’s nothing as bad as journalists furious about their matchday experience sharing it with the rest of the world. Cape Town is only now learning this…
South Africa: Collusion inflated prices of most expensive stadia
Two most expensive venues of the 2010 World Cup had their costs rigged by contractors – ongoing inquiry reveals. Their price tags rose significantly throughout construction – Cape Town Argus reports. Will cities get their money back now?
South Africa: Durban stadium's finances disclosed
For the first time Durban municipality revealed the finances behind Moses Mabhida Stadium's operations. And it's all red since 2010 with no prospect for improvement until as late as 2014-2015. Any good news, then? Yes, they're doing much worse in Cape Town...
South Africa: Trade unions eager to dismantle Cape Town Stadium
Congress of the South African Trade Unions says Cape Town’s Greenpoint stadium should be dismantled and turned into low-cost housing. Architects and engineers say it’s possible, “Business Day” reports.
Cape Town: Municipality insists stadium is no ‘white elephant’
Though only a handful of events took place at the Cape Town Stadium since 2010 World Cup, authorities claim a plan to make the venue more attractive is being put together - sport24.co.za informs.