Client: South African Football Association
Location: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
To make way for this prestigious contribution, Kings Park Stadium was demolished in the late 2006 to develop a new stadium complex set to comprise of an adjoining indoor arena, sporting museum, sport institute and a new transmodal transportation station in preparations ahead of the world showpiece. Scheduled to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup five group matches, one second round match, one quarter final and a semi-final match; the catering capacity is set to comprise of:
- 70 000 spectator seats
- Demountable seating will be removed to reduce the capacity to 54 000 post 2010 in legacy mode.
- 50 percent of the seats will be accessible from the main entrance while a 150 suites with housing ability totalling 7500 set to cover a range of hospitality options.
- There are plans and allocations to increase the capacity of the stadium to 84 000 seats in the future to further accommodate major events such as Olympics.
- For the provision and successful accomplishment of this development, the allocated budget amounts to R1, 83 Billion.
Planning of the development started:
- Internally in January 2006
- The demolition of Kings Park started June / July 2006
- Piling in November 2006
- Principal Building Constructor started with the site in January 2007
The stadium is owned by the South African Football Association and put to house and cater for a variety of sporting activities such as rugby, cricket and athletics; the stadium is not only planned not be a white elephant, but is also set to be a flexibly operating facility since it will operate seven days a week and 365 days a year unlike other stadiums post 2010 FIFA World Cup. The project brief called for the development of a stadium that is ‘iconic’, as a beacon to the city of Durban. A key driver for the development to ensure that the project is sustainable.