Three power sources to keep Bay stadium operational

Posted On Monday, 07 December 2009 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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There will be three sources of power at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth during the Soccer World Cup next year, the NMB 2010 director said.

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro StadiumThere will be three sources of power at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth during the Soccer World Cup next year, the NMB 2010 director said yesterday.

Due to the power outages recently experienced countrywide, Errol Heynes said the stadium in PE was enabled to receive power through three sources to ensure that matches were not interrupted by power failures.

“There is a gas turbine, a natural grid and a generator,” Heynes told journalists visiting the stadium on a world agency tour.

“Something else that may help ... a Danish firm is also putting in a new turbine at Coega (power station) which will feed pure green power.”

The world agency tour began yesterday in Port Elizabeth, and is expected to conclude next Sunday in Johannesburg.

About 25 journalists from news agencies around the world were treated to a tour of the stadium, a training centre and the fan fest site.

The stadium is also the only one in the country that has been built near two water masses, Heynes said. “It has the North End Lake on one side and the ocean on the other. This is one of its main features.

“Also, the city has never had such a big stadium before ... it’s a great advantage that we have a proper facility that can now be used.”

Heynes said the stadium’s operator has already been inundated with calls for the stadium to be used for events other than the World Cup, ensuring that the city continues to reap the benefits of the R2-billion stadium.

He said the stadium and its event rooms had already been used for other functions. There had also been requests for weddings to be held there. “So we are quite successful in terms of utilising the stadium afterwards.” Heynes said construction was expected to be completed in February. Road works would be complete and in use during the World Cup. He said new buses had cost the city R100-million while the two training venues had cost about R67,5-million together. For fans unable to secure tickets, the fan fest at St George’s Park seats about 17500 people.

Heynes told the media that with the English and German teams selected to play in PE, the city expected a tourist boom and would have “to do more”, as the English and Germans were known to travel.

He said police officers from Britain and Germany would probably assist with safety and security.

 

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