Sunday, 09 September 2007

Bloem gets building

Work on the 46,000 seat Free State stadium in Bloemfontein will finally start. Negotiations have taken place over the last few months due to higher than expected tender prices. The Free State Government has stepped in and contributed R64 million to ensure that the upgrade could go ahead. A new grandstand will be built with an additional tier and all facilities within and around the stadium will undergo a major upgrade to ensure that the venue more than meets FIFA's requirements. Ironically, Free State stadium will be the first stadium to complete all its works, four months ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup deadline of December 2008.

Photographer: Eline Dejong

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