Today, the Peter Mokaba Stadium functions as a soccer stadium and a venue for international athletics. Comprising grassed banks on three sides of a main stand, it serves its purpose well.
However, this prime sporting venue in Polokwane, capital of the Limpopo province at South Africa's northern tip, is now earmarked for a major upgrading to convert it into a world class Stadium.
It is intended that the earth embankments will be sufficiently built up to accommodate a further 20 rows of seating, concreted and fitted with rows of Fifa-approved bucket seating.
The roof over the existing west stand will be removed and replaced by a roof that covers the entire western stand of the new Stadium.
This imaginative design has been motivated by Safa's desire to create world class facilities in historically deprived areas and to build Stadiums in an economically viable manner that offers enduring benefit to the community for many decades to come.
In addition to the structural work, the Peter Mokaba stadium will be provided with first rate equipment, including an electronic scoreboard in the northern stand, new floodlights, a modern sound system and a fire detection and protection system.
The nature of this substantial renovation on open land enables officials to ensure that Fifa's requirements are met without difficulty.
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The Final 10 Stadiums for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa:
- Green Point Stadium in Cape Town - Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth
- King Senzangakhona Stadium in Durban - Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein
- Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg - Soccer City in Johannesburg
- Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg - Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria
- Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit - Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane