Durban continues to work towards making the new 2010 World Cup venue, Moses Mabhida Stadium, the best in the land.
According to a report in the Daily News today, the council will spend an additional R35-million for an Italian-made cable car that will scale the iconic arch at the stadium as part of the city's ambitious scheme to attract tourists and locals there after 2010.
The cable car, which is to be delivered within weeks, will scale the northern arch, while an ‘adventure walk’ consisting of 550 steps leading to a viewing platform at the top of the arch will be constructed on the southern arch, Durban's strategic project unit head, Julie-May Ellingson, is quoted as saying in the newspaper.
Speaking at a media tour organised by Group Five, the biggest development partner in the Group Five/Pandev/WBHO consortium that is building the stadium, Ellingson said there had also been unprecedented interest from businesses considering setting up shop in the 7,200 square metre retail area.
A supermarket retail opportunity, combined with a sport retailer, are expected to be given leases in the retail sector, the report adds.
Money generated through the tourism activities and retail area would help offset the titanic maintenance bill associated with the stadium.
Construction was on target to finish within the next five to six months, despite weather having stopped work for about 60 days in the contract period.
The stadium’s roof cover will be in place by July, and most of the seating is expected to be completed by August 6. The pitch on which international stars will play is expected to be laid by April 30.