Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Inside Bloems world cup venue

The Free State stadium is just about completed with its preparations for the 2009 Confederations Cup. The new grand stand was completed towards the end of the 2008, with the installation of seating completed early in January this year. Apart from the external upgrade to the grand stand, the spaces within the stadium have also been transformed. New and improved areas for players, VIP's and the FIFA family have boosted the quality of this famous South African venue.

The FIFA inspection which took place on 20 February 2009 saw the venue pass with flying colours. Landscaping works started in January and will continue until the end of March, providing improved spaces for spectators and the FIFA family around the venue. As the venue enters event mode, temporary overlay will be erected around the venue, some of which includes a media centre and corporate hospitality areas.

Some of these images taken in January 2009 provide a view of some of the new and improved areas within the stadium structure. The practical completion was set at 19 March 2009 with 10 matches in planning before the Confederations Cup.


Anonymous said...

Nice pix, but what prevented you from getting on the field - the door in the way? The view is much better from the pitch. you must take some more..

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Anonymous said...

Please correct the Bloemfontein stadium note.

This stadium was given practical completion on 19th March, and since then about 10 rugby and soccer matches have been played there.