2010 football takes tips from Caribbean cricket
The South African Football Association (SAFA) decides to use nine venues in nine territories for 2010 football World Cup.sports Updated: Apr 13, 2007 19:18 IST
Senior developers working on South Africa's preparation for the 2010 football World Cup have just concluded a weeklong fact-finding tour of the Caribbean where they examined the region's preparation for the ongoing cricket World Cup.
Four officials who work in stadium development and building were part of the official observer programme as they looked at the Sir Vivian Richards Ground in Antigua, Queen's Park Stadium in Grenada, which hosted second round matches, and Kensington Oval in Barbados, venue for the Super Eight matches and the final.
Maoira Tlhagale, who is one of the chief project managers of the local organising committee, said the situation in South Africa mirrored that in the Caribbean, reports the Caribbean Media Corporation.
The South Africa Football Association (SAFA) has decided to use nine venues for the tournament. The authorities in the Caribbean have decided to use nine venues in nine territories for the main tournament matches.
"Back in South Africa, we'll be doing a similar thing to what is being done here in the Caribbean and we have decided to have a look and try to see how the two worlds collide," she said after a visit to Kensington Oval.
"We are at a critical stage in our development as a country and we have involved many of the leading developers in our country to help with the process. The fact that we have come here to the West Indies and seen that it can be done is a validation of the process."
The biggest stadium being used during the football World Cup will be the 'Soccer City' in Johannesburg, which will house 94,000 spectators.
The other large venues are Ellis Park with 60,000 seats, and new facilities in Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town that will be upgraded to house 48,000 fans.
The venues are expected to be completed by late 2009.
The biggest ground for the cricket World Cup is Kensington Oval, which has 27,000 seats.
"We are presently focusing on the overlay part of our projects and once we can get the major part of the works completed we are confident of having a very good event," said Maoira.