Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Roof Structure Running on Time for Durban Stadium

The deadline for completing Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium is looming, but developers say the massive roof structure will be put in place in time.

The deadline for erecting the roof is August, with the stadium construction expected to be completed by October and ready for handover to Fifa in January.

Marcus Balz, the project leader on the roof structure at the R3,1-billion stadium, said yesterday that the jacks used to tension the 52 steel cables were as heavy as a car and could each exert pressure equivalent to 80 adult elephants.

...The head of strategic projects in the eThekwini Municipality, Julie-May Ellingson, said the cables were expected to be in place by the beginning of May, when the work to install the catwalk and cable car would start.

The stadium seats, in orange, yellow, green and white, are also ready for installation. "The steel frames for the seats were made here and the plastic 'tilt up' seats were made in Germany. We will start to install these at the end of June," said Ellingson.

She said that grass for the pitch was being grown in Ballito and turf for around the field was being grown in Johannesburg. "This should all be laid and finished by the end of July," she said.

All set to raise the roof on Durban stadium
The Mercury via Independent Online
April 15, 2009