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Experts evaluate the use of World Cup stadiums

Experts evaluate the use of World Cup stadiums

Some South Africans have expressed concern over their government’s use of funds to construct mega-stadia for the 2010 World Cup when housing, educational facility, and health services are in dire need of additional support.

Though there was much controversy throughout their construction, the mega-stadia built for the World Cup were regarded as wonderful for the tournament and showcased unique designs and style.

The stadiums were a point of pride for many South Africans as they felt that their country demonstrated to the world that they could host a successful tournament, but to others the stadiums represented wasteful spending.

Though the stadia were designed to be flexible and used for smaller events or larger events as needed many fear that the space will remain largely deserted for smaller events, and that larger events would only take more money away from public sectors that need it.

Furthermore the South African rugby and cricket governing bodies have suggested that several of the stadia have designs that are not suitable for their matches and cannot be used as was originally intended.

A local architect has even suggested disassembling the stadia and either selling or re-using the parts now that the World Cup is over, while others have suggested that the costs were worth it to put South Africa on the world map for sports. Regardless of where one stands on the issue it is worth following to see exactly how the World Cup is impacting South Africa as a potential lesson to future hosts.

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Marvin Smith


Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 23:00

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