356 days to the 2010 World Cup kick-off! So, how far is the Cape Town Stadium?
An exclusive “HARD HAT REPORT”
by Jessica Schiller / majesstic
Excitement is in the air and billboards are being put up, road works and improvements are happening everywhere and the stadium is being built as we speak… Cape Town is getting ready for the 2010 World Cup!
With less than a year left to kick-off, I started wondering how things are going here with the building of the stadium in Cape Town. Yes, I know it’s been written in the papers and broadcasted on the news, but with photoshop and all and being born really inquisitive, I like to see, feel and experience things myself.
Curiosity finally got the best of me yesterday (ok, and I admit, I just HAD to get outside with the beautiful sunshine) so I took a drive down to Green Point in my vintage Morris to find out about the Stadium progress.
Well, on site I saw a lot of action and loads of dust and had to maneuver my tiny Morris between massive construction vehicles. All of this to get a behind the scenes sneak peak for this EXCLUSIVE HARD HAT REPORT that you are now reading!
After managing to get some questions answered at the Green Point Stadium Visitors Center, I started taking some photos from the outside, until a very serious security guard got a bit tense and looked like he was ready to grab my camera (ok, my friends’ camera which I had borrowed, to make it worse). He ‘informed’ me that I need to go get permission and am not allowed to take photos (!?!?), I told him this is a democracy, a free country and that the stadium is for everyone, the people, us all (and of course me and my friends’ camera). He looked very unimpressed and repeated that I needed permission to take any photos. I decided to detract from the subject to save the camera and my own behind and asked if he is going to watch Bafana Bafana play in the stadium in 2010 and that I was trying to get tickets and I ended up making a detour with a COSATO discussion and how they want more South Africans to buy tickets (like we would if we could actually GET them, I have been trying without any luck). But that eventually got a smile on his face. After that I could leave in peace (with all my photos).
Then I drove through the construction site to MacDonald’s and got some more fantastic close up photos (I really believe that this is a free country and that everyone should be allowed to ooooh and aaahh and photograph the stadium as much as we want and of course I wanted to share them here.)
Well, the progress at Green Point is as follows: construction is almost ¾ complete (about 70% at the moment) and currently the state-of-the-art roof is being put on – the first glass panels have already been put in place. Because they are putting on the roof right now and things could fall from the sky and stuff, I could not go inside the stadium – only engineers and the likes are allowed inside at the moment. After the roof is done, they still need to do some external cladding and work on the cabling, seating and lighting. Apparently all is on schedule for completion in December.
Since it was my check-out-the-stadium-day, I felt that it would be incomplete without a bird’s eye view and so I drove up one of the steeeep narrow roads towards the mountain, pulled over and took a good look. Then I took the road up Signal Hill and man, what a great view!
Wow, the stadium already looks sooo amazing and I cannot WAIT to see it finished. I see myself in my Bafana Bafana jersey (which I still need to buy), Vuvuzela in the one hand and a coke and boerie in the other (ok, hang on, coke in one hand, boerie in the other and the Vuvuzela under one arm, ja) watching, well, watching anything really, I don’t mind, I just want to be a part of it! This is BIG!!!
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