FIFA World cup 2010 is here, and all roads lead to South Africa at the moment. As if in celebration, the host nation seems to have gone green for the soccer carnival. South Africa has unveiled a series of green stadiums where the matches will be played. There are a total of ten stadiums all across SA, and quite a few of them sport green solutions. Welcome to South Africa, and be a part of a green soccer extravaganza.
Among the notable ones are the Green Point Stadium and the Free State Stadium. While the Green Point Stadium has come up at the foot of Signal Hill between downtown Cape Town and the Sea Point neighborhood, the Free State Stadium is in the city of Bloemfontein. The Green Point Stadium boasts of total green architecture and has a truss and cable system that supports a semitransparent roof that lets light in but limits solar heat. With a capacity for 68,000 fans, the green design adds the needed charm with sunlight rushing in soft and smooth.
Meanwhile, the Free State Stadium brings in green renovation in good quantities. The stadium has been spruced up to seat 45,000 people. The pictures from Inhabitat will give you a better idea of what we are talking about.
There are many more. The new Moses Mabhid Stadium, in the sea side city of Durban, has been built to lower the structure’s energy profile by using natural cooling techniques. Protected day lighting and rainwater harvesting have been ensured. This stadium seats 70,000 people.
The Loftus Versfeld Stadium, in Tshwane, built in 1928, has been upgraded now to seat 50,000 soccer fans. Green solutions have been applied in abundance. The most luring one, the Soccer City Complex in Johannesburg, will see the World Cup 2010 finals being played. The stadium has been built by deploying a transformative effect on the landscape through its form, color, and light. The façade has a transparent roof that brings in daylight to this stadium which has a seating capacity of 90,000.
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