Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth

2010-05-07 10:59
Where it is
Central Port Elizabeth

360 Degree view of the Pitch

46 000

Getting there by public transport:
To get around the city, you can use trains, buses, minibus taxis and metered taxis.

Driving directions and parking options:
Park and ride facilities in Port Elizabeth are situated at the Greenacres Shopping Mall, St Georges Park, Andrew Rabie School, Kings Beach. A park and walk will be available at High School Cillié.

About the Stadium
Eight games, including a third and fourth place playoff and a quarter final, will take place at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium.

The stadium has an eye-catching, unique roof-structure and a spectacular view, overlooking the North End Lake. The roof is made up of a series of white 'petals' making it look like a flower. This is the reason for the stadium's nickname, The Sunflower. There are not many stadiums in the world that are designed and constructed overlooking a lake; this in itself is a very distinctive feature of the Nelson Mandela Bay Multi-Purpose Stadium, in addition to its striking design. 

The overall cost of the construction of the stadium is estimated at approximately R1,7-billion. The roof material of the stadium consists of a combination of aluminium cladding, combined with a membrane material called PTFE (polytetraflurethylene), which is a coated glass-fibre fabric and steel super structure.

The stadium will seat 45 000 in addition to 4 000 extra seats which will be temporarily installed for the World Cup. The stadium building is approximately 40m high and consists of six levels on the western side in addition to five on each of the north, south and east stands. Two big viewing screens will be installed for the live viewing of events as well as two conference rooms, which are able to accommodate 200 people will be situated on the 5th level.

There are four ramps for easy wheelchair access, 74 toilet blocks as well as 32 colour coded turnstile gates. There are 23 private boxes with a planned additional 22 private boxes, including two bars, as part of the post World Cup building. All aspects of the project have factored in energy efficiency as a key element. These include energy-saving designs, the building management system, and temperature control and reduced energy consumption rates. The playing field (pitch) is natural grass with the outer and surrounding areas consisting of artificial turf. The laying of the pitch was completed in December 2008.

The stadium has 3 gates for entry, located on Northern, Southern and Eastern sides of the stadium. The Western side of the stadium leads to the North End Lake. The 3 gates are: gate B-A, in Milner Avenue, gate B-C, in Prince Alfred Road, and gate C-D, in Fettes Road.

Match Schedule

2 June - 13:30        Group B
      Korea Republic v Greece 

15 June - 16:00
      Group G      Côte d'Ivoire v Portugal 

18 June - 13:30
     Group D      Germany v Serbia 

21 June - 16:00
     Group H      Chile v Switzerland 

23 June - 16:00
     Group C      Slovenia v England 

26 June - 16:00
     Round of 16     1A v 2B 

 02 July - 16:00
     Quarterfinals    W53 v W54  

10 July - 20:30
      Third place       L61 v L62

Full World Cup Fixtures

Nearby attractions
The Boardwalk Shopping Centre
Sailing and windsurfing
Boat Cruises around Nelson Mandela Bay

Pubs, nightlife and restaurants in the area
Gondwana Lounge, for good drinks and excellent vibe

34 Degrees South for a brilliant seafood experience

Wicker Woods for fine dining

Barney’s Bar, offering local flavour and late nights

Anchor on the Bay for live sport and great drinks

Accommodation in the area

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