South Africa will be hosting the 2010 FIFA Football (Soccer) World Cup. Port Elizabeth is one of ten host cities and will host 8 games, including a quarter final and the 3/4 playoff. As we don't have a world class stadium in Port Elizabeth, we are one of the cities building a new stadium. The 46 500 seater multi purpose stadium will be called the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
I was very fortunate the other day to be invited to go on a tour of the stadium and I was very impressed with what I saw. It will truly be something the city will be proud of when its completed.
The stadium roof will consist of 36 girders keeping it up. The day we were there, no 27 went up. The girder gets lifted by a giant crane from the outside. Once it is in place it gets attached to the previous one. The big crane then gets disconnected and a smaller crane truck inside the stadium keeps it in place till all the attachments are done.
These are two of the guys sitting on top of the girder busy attaching the two girders to each other.
On the other side of the stadium workers are starting to cover the girders with the membrane that forms the roof. To get to the top workers use a step pulley system to get up and they have to abseil back down. If the wind gusts over 55km/hour the workers have to get down from the top. While we were there the guys started to repel down.
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