STADIUMS, hospitals, transport and police services were all going to play a major role in the development of Nelson Mandela Bay as part of Fifa’s 2010 soccer World Cup legacy.
Besides the R2.1-billion stadium, which is still in debt after being operational for four years, two other stadiums were upgraded.
The Gelvandale Stadium, costing R68-million, was used as a training facility for visiting teams, and the Zwide Stadium, which was upgraded purely as a legacy project, cost R10-million.
“These stadiums would be ideal for housing soccer teams from various leagues, to help develop soccer in the metro,” Nelson Mandela Bay regional SA Football Association (Safa) president Monde Mhletywa said.
“Negotiations are ongoing to bring a PSL team to Port Elizabeth, and having teams in lower leagues would help to sustain that team for longer.” – Riaan Marais and Estelle Ellis
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