FIFA confirms South African venues on track

FIFA has confirmed that vast progress has been made after conducting a routine check of the venues that will stage the games at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The inspectors from FIFA and the World Cup Organising Committee visited five specifically built stadiums for the tournament and were full of praise.

The tour was primarily intended to check on operational functionality of the stadia rather than actually how they are progressing in terms of completion. Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Polokwane and Johannesburg were among the places visited.

Derek Blanckensee, Chief Competitions Officer, said: “We’ve been looking for years at artists’ impressions of buildings as well as drawings, and to now see them in their final state is very satisfying. All the stadiums should be complete by the end of this year although maybe Cape Town and Soccer City may go on a little big longer.”

The remaining four venues in Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Rustenburg and Johannesburg’s Ellis Park have already proved they can handle the crowds expected next year, after hosting the Confederations Cup in June.

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