24 May 2009
19 May 2009
The black lines of seats on the lower tier line up with the transparent line of panels on the outer facade. Each line of transparent panels points to the 9 other World Cup host stadia, as well as the venue of the previous final, the Olympiastadion in Berlin. Courtesy: Mo Rush
Facade now 80% complete. Courtesy: African Biohazard
Note the transparent lines (many of the panels making up the transparent lines still have plastic wrapper on them). Courtesy: African Biohazard
Aerial view of Mbombela Stadium. Courtesy: Tadpolefarm
First roof glass being installed at Green Point. Courtesy: City of Cape Town
Intricate roof of Moses Mabhida. Note the white membrane roof covering just visible. Courtesy: Sharksboy
Peter Mokaba Complex. Courtesy: Mo Rush
14 May 2009
Her west side.
Ramp off the new podium/bridge built for the VIP guests.
In the foreground, roads being redone, in the background, the sunflower endures.
The glass chasm. Shatterproof glass is being fitted around all major entrances.
Her east side. Nearly there.
A view of the new ramp from the other side. Note the road underneath. VIP guests will arrive at the stadium on this road and go in through the carpark to the left.
10 May 2009
One of many ad banners in place along Cape Road.
The imposing presence of the new stadium the through the buildings.
Cranes at the new-age Coega harbour.
04 May 2009
01 May 2009
The flagship - Johannesburg. Courtesy: Mo Rush
Green Point Stadium
Majestic elegance of Cape Town. Courtesy: Joanne and City of Cape Town
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Exuberence of Durban. Courtesy: Grantl
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
PE - the new landmark. Courtesy: Energizerbuddy007
Ellis Park Stadium
The victorious history. Courtesy: Lefa
African Elegance. I have a close affinity to the Mbombela Stadium. It is a remarkable, truly African structure and a perfect venue for watching football. An awesome, awesome stadium and I personally rank it above a number of the larger builds as one of my ultimate favourites. Courtesy: Tadpolefarm
Peter Mokaba Stadium
Baobab brilliance - Polokwane. Another of the truly African builds. The baobab-like roof connection is another ingenious concept. Courtesy: Pule
Free State Stadium
World class. The new roofed tier has turned this into a world class venue. Courtesy: Mo Rush
Royal Bafokeng Stadium
The newly redeveloped Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Another absolute beaut. Courtesy: Pule.
Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Perfect footballing venue. All seats still to be replaced.
So there they are, all ten stages on which the greatest show on earth will be played. Marvel at the architectural variety. From the Jo'burg colossus of Soccer City to the exuberence of the arched Moses Mabhida to the truly African feel of Mbombela and Peter Mokaba to the pure elegance of Green Point. They will all be finished before the year is out. Four are already finished and ready for action.