Hello there to all our furry buddies from around the world!
We are taking a small diversion today as Mom has asked me, TAMMY, to do today's
very important blogpost!!!
So today I am playing the TOUR GUIDE for Max...what fun!
Why is today an important blogpost?
Well South Africa has exactly 100 days to go!!!
...before our soccer stadiums explode with the sound of celebratory "vuvuzelas"...
SOCCER WORLD CUP 2010!!!
We know that some of our bloggie-buddies are interested in this important forthcoming event, so we decided to talk about it today.
Some of our radio stations are also taking this landmark day seriously and broadcasting from one of our beautiful, newly constructed stadiums in Durban, South Africa.
Mom's nephew, "JP" recently went on one of the organised stadium tours of the Moses Mabhida Stadium and took some stunning photographs which he has given us permission to publish on this blog. Here goes...
FIFA WORLD CUP 2010:
THE MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM
(DURBAN SOUTH AFRICA)
It has caught the attention of international architects. It has taken 32 months to build and has provided approximately 26 000 jobs in the process. This stadium (one of many) has a 106m arch over the pitch and has a sky car to the top of the arch (or 550 steps) from which the view of the Indian Ocean is simply magnificent!!!...
This is "JP"'s personal account of his recent organised tour of this impressive stadium:
“What a stunning design!!! Standing next to the stadium makes you feel like the smallest insignificant ant on the planet, but at the same time, makes you feel immensely proud to be South African. To be looking at something so giant and unique that almost everyone thought would never have been completed in time for the 2010 Fifa world cup. We are ready! Currently, it is one of the 5 most beautiful stadiums in the WORLD believe it or not!
The people/co-workers at the stadium are friendly, excited and have a brilliant knowledge of the new stadium. The stadium tour is very affordable. I would however suggest that you call the certain stadium/s beforehand to see whether VIP areas/change rooms are available on the day (use the following link http://www.mosesmabhidastadium.co.za/home/ for schedules and costs). The tours are available both pre and post the Fifa world cup.
The old “Kings park Soccer” Stadium was knocked down about 2-3 years ago and the cement from the old stadium was recycled and used to build the outer and some of the inner foundation of the new stadium, making it more cost efficient. Guess how much was spent on completing this particular stadium?? R3.2 billion it is! The roof is designed and imported from Mexico and the arch is originally designed in Germany. The engineers from South Africa and Germany got together to discuss a theme and design, so they decided on a Y arch - which symbolises the joining of two nations. If you recall, our South African flag has the green Y symbol representing the same inspiration. So this is the unique part of the "Moses" stadium, the other 2 new stadiums or the 7 upgraded ones have their own unique theme/s. The ‘Mexican’ nylon type roofing has a duct fitted to it so that rain water is collected and streamed down to underground holding tanks. This water will be used for the irrigation of the park including the surrounding vegetation, once again, being “eco-friendly”! 95% of the seating is covered from rain. The colour of the seats specifically characterize the colours of Durban, i.e. starting from the bottom, “navy and light blue” representing the ocean and then cascading into “orange and white” which represents the beach sand. The big screen in the ground is also the largest flat screen digital in Africa, I wonder how much that costs....
For the adrenaline junkies:
They have just recently (March 2010) launched the “Big swing” where spectators can now bungee from the top (up the west arm of the Y arch) of the Stadium arch across to the other end of the stadium. This will set you back R600 for a swing.
For the adventurers:
The most fun part of the stadium is the “sky-car”!(which can carry about 25 people at a time) This item was imported from Switzerland. There are daily rides to the top of the arch, every twenty minutes or so (R50 per adult). I personally didn’t take the sky car ride but instead opted for the “Adventure walk”, where you climb to the top of the arch with harnesses. You start on the opposite side (the east arm of the Y arch) of the sky car and literally walk to the top viewing area. It’s very safe and if you feeling strong (550 steps up) on a particular day, I would recommend this healthy route! It will cost you R80 per adult (see link above). The view from the top is simply spectacular! A 360 degree panoramamic view of Durban!
Other than this, there are shops along the bottom outer part of the stadium, ranging from restaurants, clothing, sporting, supporter shops and others. What I am really looking forward to are the pre-game performances which will be held just on the outskirts of the entrance, where a dance/show of sorts (e.g. Zulu warrior dance) will take place. I'm looking forward to this surprise!
Some preparations are still under way:
- Extra seating is being installed for a max capacity of about 70 000 for the world cup. There are plans to fit even more seats after the world cup (+/- a total of 85 000) as South Africa will be bidding for the 2020 Olympics!
- Continuous polishing of the outer walkway around the stadium (slippery when wet!)
- The expansion of Durban’s beachfront is currently undergoing a R200 million redevelopment. This will be completed before the world cup kick-off and the new beachfront esplanade (which stretches quite far and wide) will almost look like a “Miami type” setting! Spectators will be able to walk from Durban beachfront to the stadium in a short time, as parking will be packed to the brim by television crew, officials, fans, buses, taxi’s etc. The preferred type of transport will be the public and private bus/taxi services during match days, running from certain places in Durban (i.e. from and to shopping malls, hotels, beachfront etc)
The largest “Virgin active” gym in the country will be opening after the world cup, the gym is located on the outer side of the stadium.
On a final note, I am very impressed with the stadiums outcome and that it has been a success!!"
Thank you so much, "JP" for your personal account to our bloggy-buddies!
We appreciate it very much!!!
I am sure you will agree, this is an incredible monument to an occasion which is celebrated throughout Africa! It is the first time ever that we are hosting such an large event.
South African is extremely excited and ready to welcome all our visitors!!!
(And yes, we will have a few in our own house too!)
He is doing really well it seems. He is pain free and sleeping well. From the outside you wouldn't say he is sick (but as you know the Vets think otherwise). He still looks well and is still enjoying his evening walk
He loves lying on the cool kitchen floor though...
Yeah, and he still has the energy to pick up clothes for mom in the house. He does this quite naturally whenever something is left around. He gets a biscuit for that effort...yes and he still likes biscuits!
I think I will have to learn how to do these tricks so that I too can get biscuits! Mind you, Mom just gives me one anyway when Maxi earns his.
Hope you enjoyed me playing TOUR GUIDE!?!
TAMMY-GIRL IN SOUTH AFRICA