Jordaan: 80% of stadiums fine

2010-10-06 19:40

London - South Africa does not plan to demolish any of its World Cup stadiums nor will any of them turn into neglected 'white elephants', Danny Jordaan, the chief executive of the 2010 tournament, said on Wednesday.

Jordaan, speaking at the 'Leaders In Football' business conference at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground, said that of the 10 stadiums which staged matches during the World Cup, eight were expected to flourish by being used for soccer and rugby.

"For South Africa some of these stadiums will be a challenge," he admitted.

But Jordaan added: "The fact we have football and rugby union in the same stadiums - for example the All Blacks played the Springboks at FNB Stadium (ex-Soccer City) and 92 000 people were present - proves that for about 80% of the stadiums it will be fine.

"One or two stadiums may struggle to be sustainable."

Jordaan said the two stadiums in question were the Peter Mokaba Stadium at Polokwane and the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit which hosted group stage matches.

He later told Reuters: "They will not become white elephants, but they do face challenges.

"However, those challenges can be met. Contrary to some reports there are no plans to demolish any of them."

Reflecting on the build-up to the World Cup finals, he said the lowest point came after the gun attack on the Togo team at the African Cup of Nations in Angola in January.

He also praised Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for keeping his faith in the Angola tournament and not recalling his players after the attack, which left two people dead and eight injured.

"The last big challenge we faced came at the African Cup of Nations and the incident around the Togo team.

"I saw that as the last onslaught, if I may use that word, because that was quite a threat to the World Cup because there was a thought that the managers of the English clubs would withdraw their players.

"Many of the top players come from European clubs and if they had withdrawn their players we might not have had a World Cup, so it was quite a serious threat.

"Therefore I was happy when Arsene Wenger was the first manager to step up publicly and say the incident in Togo had nothing to do with South Africa and he had no problems in his players taking part.

"You have difficult moments, but that was the last of the lowest points."

He said the final revenue and profit figures from the World Cup had not yet been calculated but the finals had already had a huge impact on South African tourism and the economy.

He said growth rebounded from minus 1.9% in 2009 to plus 2.5% immediately after the World Cup - with a half percent of that rise "directly attributable to the World Cup".

Jordaan has recently been on the FIFA inspection team analysing the bids of the nine candidates for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.


  • Sam - 2010-10-06 19:54

    Put on some weight there Danny boy. BTW, are a legend

  • Gary - 2010-10-06 19:55

    Yeah right ... maybe once the FIFA pocket money that is spending on his hallucinatory drugs runs out he might come back to earth. The Greenpoint stadium is already in the news today - the rest will be kept quiet only because the ANC controlled governments will continue to hide the truth and use them to funnel money to the tenderpreneurs. Viva Malema Viva!

  • johnny - 2010-10-06 20:28

    Sadly this f 'n idiot does not have to contribute anything ( he is presently part of the FIFA setup) to keep the stadiums operating as he is part of an elite few. They have put virtiualy every tax paying South African into a state of bankrupcy. All of a sudden money has to come from somewhere to cover operating expenditure for his / their dreams. Just come to show if you have no vision to forward plan ( but vision to steal from others ) you use others to fund your f/ups. Effectively this means that he / they are thiefs as he / they are stealing from others to fund his / their f/ups. How sad when everything in life only revolve around your own ego / s.

  • The Voice of Reason - 2010-10-06 21:00

    He's about right, here's a break down of our 10 stadiums, post WC: Soccer City: Tri Nations test, Charity Cup, MTN 8 semis, Pirates PSL match Moses Mabhida: Amazulu's home ground Cape Town Stadium: Ajax's PSL home ground Ellis Park: Golden Lions' home Loftus Versveld: Blue Bull's home, Tri Nations tes Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium: EP Kings home Royal Bafokeng Stadium: Platinum Stars home, some Leoaprds matches Free State Stadium: FS Cheetahs home Mbombela Stadium: some Pumas matches Peter Mokaba Stadium: nothing As you can see, 9 stadiums have hosted events. 8 of them on a bi weekly basis.

  • Heather - 2010-10-06 22:31

    What planet do you inhabit Danny Jordaan? Why don't you follow the news that the rest of us read, & financial consequences that we have to live with, ie: "Ratepayers will end up paying for Cape Town stadium's operating costs after Sail Stadefrance walked out on a 30-year lease to manage the property."

  • aj - 2010-10-06 22:35

    LOL..this on the same day SAIL Stadfrancais, relinquish their right to 30yr lease of CPT stadium cause they project massive losses..mmmmm who to believe? The truth is soccer audiences in this country just dont support enough to justify the stadiums. Ajax in cape Town no longer using stadium cause they lose money on every game. Mr Jordaan, it was said long before the world cup that we did not need, could not afford, and couldnt sustain these stadia..chickens are coming home...

  • Angel - 2010-10-06 22:41

    This pathological liar couldn't even win the right to hold the world cup! In a fair ballot with everything going for him he LOST the bid to Germany. he then had to take Mandela to FIFA to beg for the tournament. FIFA had to come up with the stupid and since ditched "continental rotation" so they could ensure it came to SA! Now we have the highest rates in the country to pay for our back-to-front WHITE ELEPHANT stadium in Durban. A huge carbuncle on our shoreline! Come right Jordaan, start paying back our money!

  • listen up - 2010-10-07 00:23

    Not so fast Jordaan , think you've got the 80% factor the wrong way round. Realistically , only stadiums in Gauteng look feasible. Considering the ABSA quotas debacle, I'm not sure you can count on Rugby to bail you out. In truth all the new stadiums erected for the SWC,were pure extravagance and unwarranted. This the same Jordaan who made buying WC tickets a farce and a nightmare ?

  • White Elephant - 2010-10-07 07:34

    Oh,really Danny ?

  • Realist - 2010-10-07 09:01

    Danny, old chap, take you head out of your a***! How are any of these stadia going to be self sustainable? For example, simple arithmetic would indicate that Moses Mabhida in Durban which, if figures quoted in the press are correct, cost R2.2 billion to build, would require, assuming the money was borrowed, income of R17 million a month or R200 million a year purely to service the debt! Without doubt the stadium is an architectural masterpiece, but if the local authority had consulted with the Sharks, better use of the facility would have ensued...but no, egos got in the way! Where else on this earth do you have an organisation like FIFA that relies on countries to pay for its capital expenditure program with FIFA then taking most of the profit?

  • The Voice of Reason - 2010-10-07 09:43

    @Realist, while debt on stadiums is a problem for some countries, SA financed the stadiums through national, provincial and local goverments. The stadiums were not paid for with loans. Loans can be horrible problems. For example Giants Stadium in New Jersey had 2 NFL teams as tenats, and was recently closed. The stadium has been orn down, but the city is still paying off the loans that they used to pay for it. Luckily SA will not have that problem.

  • Realist - 2010-10-07 11:13

    @Voice of Reason - I have no idea as to where you are coming from with your argument? The money came from public funds in that taxpayers footed the bill for the stadia, meaning that the normal criteria would not have been applied in the process of deciding on the viability of the project. Instead egos drove the process, particularly in Durban, but also in Cape Town with the location and Johannesburg with the refurb.The bottom line here is that South Africa could have been better off had we spent less on the stadia, given more thought to their longer term sustainabilty through use by other sporting codes, for concerts and / or shops or offices being located in and around them, as well as having taken account of the ongoing running costs. FIFA could have channelled a larger share of the profit back to SA, instead of proudly announcing that this was the most profitable World Cup ever! Frankly, your post, as well as your previous post, were crap in that what has the events that have taken place at the stadia subsequent to the SWC got to with their viabilty? The relevance of the Giants Stadium in New Jersey supports my argument, rather than yours, and may well have been home to two teams, but was also used by other sporting codes, such as soccer, for concerts, by other football teams, etc. and when it was demolished in 2010, still had debt of over $100 million dollars that will have to be borne by the state! This particular stadium initially made a decent profit - what we will have in SA is that the stadia built here for the SWC, if accounted for properly, will never make anything close to a profit for reasons quoted above!

  • Cláudio Alcoforado - 2010-10-10 22:59

    I had been to South Africa for the World Cup and it's going to happen in my country (Brazil) next time. We have been thinking: Will we get some white elephants too?

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