Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
|Country||Republic of South Africa|
|Clubs||Chippa United FC|
|Cost||ZAR 2 bln|
|Construction||2007 - 05.2009|
|Design||GMP International GmbH, SBP|
|Constractor||Grinaker-LTA, BAM International|
|Address||70 Prince Alfred Road, North End, Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium – stadium description
This is the first case of a world-class stadium in Eastern Cape province. Decision to built it was made after the city of Port Elizabeth was selected for 2010 World Cup and the largest existing venue, EPRU Stadium, proved not viable for redevelopment.
Construction started already in 2010 was the first one for the FIFA tournament in South Africa. Its cost was estimated initially at some ZAR 711 million, but eventually proved almost three times higher at over 2 billion. Completion and opening in mid-2009 proved too late to host the Confederations Cup that was to take place here at the beginning.
The most distinctive feature is its roof with petal-shaped segments creating a dynamic and elegant composition over the stands. Those have one large tier, partly in a sunken bowl, and two smaller ones with up to 4,000 temporary seats atop.
There’s also room for 150 skyboxes which proved a useful asset not only during the World Cup, but also afterwards as a local rugby team moved here, playing all home games since 2010 at the new venue. Additionaly there are also concerts held here and in 2013 some matches of the African Cup of Nations.
South Africa: Any legacy plan for this World Cup stadium?
When they finally found a football tenant, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is about to lose the managing company. And no solid plan for the future is in place.
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.
South Africa: Criticism over Nelspruit and Port Elizabeth hosting
“Disgraceful” is one of many words used to describe the pitch of Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Still, organizers decided not to move fixtures somewhere else. Meanwhile in Port Elizabeth very few people bothered to come to games, leaving vast majority of seats empty.