A delegation from the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) and FIFA have completed an inspection of the five newly-built stadiums and the upgraded Soccer City stadium.
The delegation concluded that preparations are on track for all stadiums to be completed by the end of the year.
“This has been a very fruitful inspection tour for us. Where before we had to visualise walls and seats, we now have been able to walk around freely in the stadium as it will be during the tournament,” said the OC’s head of delegation, chief competitions officer Derek Blanckensee in a press statement.
In most cases the construction of the stadiums is virtually complete, with almost all seats installed and newly-laid pitches at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium, Polokwane’s Peter Mokaba Stadium and Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium.
“Overall we are very impressed with the achievements made. In addition to the stadiums coming together we were equally pleased that the teams of the OC, host cities and FIFA are working on a common vision on the delivery of the event,” said Ron DelMont, who also insisted that the importance of next year’s test events to be able to fine-tune operational plans.
OC CEO, Dr. Danny Jordaan, paid tribute to the host cities.
“They have all done us proud,” he said. “They have ensured that their wonderful new stadiums are built to the highest standards and are ready in time. The question has always been raised as to whether we will be ready. This tour has provided ample evidence that indeed we will be.
“Now the work of the Organising Committee and FIFA begins in earnest as we take these stadiums and get them ready to host World Cup matches.”
Inspections were also made of the venue specific team hotels and the training sites in each city, with FIFA representatives leaving the country confident of South Africa’s ability to host the event.