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May 29, 2009

A diamond in our crown: the new Green Point Stadium – a Cape Town Tourism photo essay

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It’s the season of cool, misty nights, but no matter what the season or the weather, the stadium is a fascinating sight.

This was taken on April 24, just a few days before the first panels of glass were installed on the roof – two months ahead of schedule!

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In the late afternoon on May 2 the sky was clear, so I drove up to the top of Signal Hill. But when I arrived 20 minutes later, the fog rolled in thick and fast.

Here you can just see the first two strips of laminated safety glass on both sides of the roof. The roof is scheduled for completion by September this year.

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She looks like a ship in heavy weather, but even during these moments of mist and fog, I can often see the cranes moving and the men hard at work. There are 1 800 men working on the stadium.

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A stunning city view from the top of Signal Hill, with the V&A Waterfront on the right. You can see the lights of ships peeping through the fog and half the Green Point Common too.

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They are also racing ahead with the completion of the surrounding Green Point Common, which will be kept as green as you see here in an eco-friendly way using natural underground spring water.

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I had forgotten how nice it is to have a sundowner in the bar of the Radisson Hotel, which was named “Best Seaside Bar” by Condé Nast’s House and Garden.

The setting is superb, it is always buzzing, and it’s a stone’s throw from the new stadium.

That’s Table Mountain on the left and Signal Hill, with Lion’s Head just peeping over Signal Hill on the right.

You will find daily photos of the progress on the Green Point Common and Stadium on my personal blog: greenpointstadium-and-capetown.blogspot.com/

I think the new stadium enhances the look of the common. I love the look of it, do you agree?

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Images © Joanne 2009. All rights reserved.

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