Construction of the flagship soccer stadium for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM in the style of a calabash, or African pot that would automatically be associated with the African continent. It has a seating capacity of 89 000 and is the biggest seated soccer stadium to ever host a World Cup final. Building the stadium required 90 000m³ of concrete, about 10 000 tons of reinforcement steel, 9 million bricks and 13 000 tons of structural steel. The structure has a double layer of fabric roof and required 32 400 fibre cement panels to complete the calabash-inspired design of the façade. It has taken some 9 980 000 hours to complete the construction of FNB Stadium.
SAW CUTTING THE MOAT WALLS
REMOVAL of the moat wall which circumnavigated the soccer pitch proved to be a marathon of cutting. 3500 meters by 300mm.thick reinforced concrete walls had to be cut into manageable sections for removal. This was needed to increase the seating area on thelower levels of the grandstands. The entire soccer pitch was lowered 1.5 meters to meet flush with the moat after the cutting was completed. With the use of three wall saws,Borecut managed to complete this task meeting with our clients deadline.
SAW CUTTING THROUGH SLABS
EXTRA work consisted of sawing cutting through existing slabs to create openings for new staircases as well as cosmetic changes to the stadiums existing galleries. Slabs and walls were removed to create a more modern feel as well as creating more space to facilitate kiosks and to widen passage ways for the large amount of people coming to the stadium. The stadium hosted the opening ceremony followed by the opening match between South Africa and Mexico, 4 other group stage matches, a Round of 16 match, a quarter-final and the final.
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