Monday, June 07, 2010

South Africa's coolest stadiums for the 2010 World Cup

SHOOT: I wonder if THEORETICALLY these stadiums could be used, during the week, and once the world cup is over, as informal settlements? I mean each one can seat like 50 000 people. That's 50 000 with a roof over their heads, plus toilets, plus a garden.
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Though there was concern at one point that the lack of construction progress on many of the new stadiums could possibly hinder South Africa from hosting the event, it all somehow came together and all the stadiums are up and running. And while the money used to build these beauties could've been spent in many, many better ways to help the people of South Africa, they're here now, so they might as well make the most of them.

Many of these football cathedrals have yet to host a big international match, not a bad time for a grand opening. Here are the coolest of the cool.

Why it's awesome: Named after Nelson Mandela ... 'nuff said. But also, the stadium is the region's first soccer-specific arena, nicknamed "The Sunflower" for its petal-like roof design that overlooks the shores of the North End Lake.

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