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

The Soccer City stadium is a major retrofit of an older facility built in 1985 that held the first mass rally after Nelson Mandela’s release. The original seating has been largely retained, but substantial faculty and grounds improvements were incorporated, fusing the old and new and setting a standard for existing infrastructure enhancements. Despite the constantly shifting nature of our built environment, Soccer City's concept of renewal and sense of place is an antidote to ubiquitous scrape-and-build stadiums that dominate so many of the world's cities.

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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