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FIFA World Cup Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa

Friday 24 Apr 2009

Around the World in 80 days

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08/11/10 john, L.A.
Used this product in San Diego . Nothing looks like the samples that we got. Product Fibre-c is failing already after 1 year. Good luck in South Africa. Hope you don’t walk under the product. Panels may fall on you. Please wear HELMET!!! Wish we could post pictures so all my fellow ARCHITECTS can see the quality of this diverse product. I got sold on a sales pitch!! Next time i will read all the TEST DATA!!!!!!!!
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11/06/09 Rose, Port Elizabeth
Very interesting report I now know how the roof panels were made. Facinating, seems like the whole world will benefit from Africa's World Cup!The design of Soccer City is stunning. But wait till you see the 'rainbow people' spectators (in all their 'garb') in the stadium at a match then the world will see just how magnificent the design is! The design is 'very' African. You should see our other world cup stadiums.....they are all stunning!!
SA will be rocking this time next year!!!!
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28/04/09 Nick, LA
Love the African colors on the cladding!
24/04/09 Roger Emmerson, Edinburgh

Yet another stunner of a report.


FIFA World Cup Stadium cladding will complete in 80 days 

Taking shape in the suburbs of Johannesburg, the flagship FIFA World Cup Stadium, also known as The Soccer City Stadium, is currently the largest stadium construction site worldwide employing 3,000 personnel. Originally constructed in the mid 1980's and having hosted the first mass rally of Nelson Mandela after his release in 1990, the stadium is receiving a full refit inside and out. Heading towards the deadline of the 2010 World Cup, the Austrian firm tasked with the delivery of the exterior cladding advises that this will complete in just 80 days.

The façade, the intrinsic element of the Boogertman Urban Edge & Partners design, is constructed of fibreC glassfibre concrete panels in typical African colours. Rieder Smart Elements, the firm responsible for cladding the Zaha Hadid Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion, will deliver the façade. They have created approximately 40,000 panels of varying sizes in Austria and transported them 8,500 miles to organise them from a 'fibre camp' on-site. While the transportation can not be considered ecologically friendly, the cladding itself is known as an eco-friendly alternative to other materials with the production of fibreC having 40% less global warming potential than fibre cement panels or aluminium sheets.

The refit of the stadium will increase capacity from 80,000 to 94,700. Ten stadiums will be used during the FIFA World Cup 2010 but the new icon will host both the opening and the final matches.

Niki May Young
News Editor

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Boogertman Urban Edge and Partners

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