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January 16, 2009

Green Point Stadium – a Cape Town Tourism Flickr photo essay

My home is high up the slopes of Signal Hill. It has a 180-degree view over the Green Point Common, the Green Point Stadium and the sea all the way out to Robben Island.

So I had mixed feelings when the bulldozers broke down the old stadium in March 2007, making place for Cape Town’s new 2010 World Cup stadium – a massive 16-storey complex, measuring 276m (905ft) in length and 255m (836ft) in width. Like many Capetonians, I was concerned about how the new Green Point Stadium would alter the city’s skyline.

One month later, in April 2007, this was all that was left of the old stadium. The demolition was complete.

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There is a lookout point situated at the very end of Signal Hill Road. It’s a fantastic place to watch the sunset and it has beautiful views. One very windy but clear evening (November 18, 2007), at the risk of being blown off the slope of Signal Hill, I managed to take this shot (below).

Here you can see the footprint of the new stadium. It’s going to occupy just under 7ha (17 acres).

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I took this shot (below) in December 2007 from the summit of Table Mountain. You can see the construction of the new Green Point stadium on the bottom left. It’s within walking distance of my favourite entertainment and shopping area, the V&A Waterfront.

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End May 2008: What a monster… Just look at the tiny men working on the building site.

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End October 2008: I captured the sunset setting the cranes alight.

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My feelings have changed over time, watching this ugly duckling change into a beautiful swan! I am now excited and look forward to seeing the symbol of the soccer World Cup 2010, our new high-tech Green Point Stadium, finished by the end of 2009. What do you think? Will it be beautiful or not?

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Watch this space! On my Flickr photo site I regularly post photos of the progress of the construction of the Green Point Stadium.


Joanne, aka Joanne/CapeTownFIFAWORLDCUP2010, is a member of the Cape Town Tourism Flickr Group, “Cape Town. Live it. Love it”. Visit Joanne’s Flickr photostream.

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Images © Joanne 2009. All rights reserved.

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