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Cape Town World Cup Practice Grounds

May 6, 2010

The official world cup pratice grounds in Cape Town have been fully renovated and are now ready to be used for teams to practice on during the World Cup.

The two stadiums are Athlone Stadium and Phillipi Stadium and located in under privileged areas and have been revamped in order to give something to the community for years to come after the world cup has left Cape Town.

Athlone Stadium’s R406 million (£30million) upgrade includes the new West, North and South grandstands, increasing seating capacity to 25,000. The upgrade includes additional parking areas, VIP suites, better player facilities and 1,000 new floodlights. One of the most significant upgrades is the new pitch, which was put in during early 2009. The irrigation and drainage is currently being worked on and tested, this should be completed shortly.

Athlone Stadium

Athlone Stadium

The Philippi Stadium’s R56 million (£3million) upgrade includes the new FIFA-approved pitch which, like Athlone Stadium, is similar to that of the new Cape Town Stadium, all in a bid to ensure consistency for visiting teams. New 500 floodlights, media centre, players changing rooms, spectator stands (seating up to 4,000 fans) cloakrooms, and closed circuit cameras ensure FIFA compliance.

The Philippi Stadium will provide a significant long term prospect for its community as the venue will now be suitable for National Premier League games within South Africa.

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