Gallery: World Cup 2010: South Africa’s Top 5 Stunning Green Stadiums

Number one is an instant classic – the Soccer City Complex in Johannesburg designed by Populous. Home to the World Cup 2010 finals, this world-class facility is actually an extraordinary remodel (click to the next slide to learn more). The renovated venue is based on the iconic African pot known as the calabash. The stadium achieves a transformative effect on the landscape through its form, color, and light. At day its earthen patterned color evokes the copper-rich land which has supported the local economy for generations. A night transparent panels in the façade create a unique and memorizing pattern. The façade’s transparent roof streams daylight into the concourse. Capacity 90,000

At number five is the elegant Green Point Stadium. Since it is situated at the foot of Signal Hill between downtown Cape Town and the Sea Point neighborhood, the high-profile location demanded a very sensitive aesthetic design. The skin is a translucent silvery-white membrane that takes on the color of its surroundings while producing a soft glow at night. A truss and cable system supports a semitransparent roof that lets light in but limits solar heat. The stadium has capacity for 68,000 fans, and its design was specifically developed to reduce the venue’s overall profile.

Number four is the Free State Stadium in the city of Bloemfontein, right in the heart of South Africa. It was originally completed in 1952, refurbished in 1995, and was retrofitted again last year for the FIFA Confederations Cup. A great example of green renovation, the stadium features an increased capacity for 45,000 people and is now a major center for multiple sporting events and home to what has been called South Africa’s most fanatical sport fans base.


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  1. recycle February 24, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Thanks for this post. Something else that’s related to greening up stadiums and venues is this video I saw on YouTube from the GreenopolisTV channel.

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    The Free State Stadium is really elegant and has now been upgraded having total capacity 40,911. Truly the centre off attraction during FIFA world cup.

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