22 January 2009
Work on the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, which is to host matches for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup, is 90% complete, and the stadium is expected to be ready by mid-February.
“We have done a lot of hard work in preparation of the two main soccer events that will be taking place in our stadium,” Royal Bafokeng Sports Holdings MD George Khunou told BuaNews in Mafikeng this week.
“We were expecting that the stadium will be through in March, but because of the hard work that has been taking place the stadium will be completed sooner than we expected.”
He said that the upgrading of the stadium had cost about R360-million, with the National Treasury contributing R147-million, Royal Bafokeng Sports Holdings contributing R170-million, and the Rustenburg Local Municipality contributing the rest.
The current seating capacity of the stadium is 39 000, but they have planned to increase it to 43 000.
Khunou pointed out that the stadium would be available for use next month and would be used to host two international friendly games prior to the Confederations Cup – with the games being used as a test run for hosting larger tournaments.
“A lot of work has already being done in the stadium, the pitch is green and ready for use, most of the seats are being put in and we are still working on the roof and other small aspects in the stadium which we expect to complete soon,” he said.
“We are more than confident that the stadium will be completed and ready to use by next month with little work to be done.”
Khunou added that they were working in partnership with the municipality and other private companies to ensure that they are well prepared for the two big international soccer games.