Nelson Mandela Bay Soccer Stadium. Pristine.

Nelson Mandela Bay Soccer Stadium. Pristine.

Wonderful to be part of the tour of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium yesterday with PEMBBA members. We never tire of the beautiful structure and setting. Thank you to Access Management team and PEMBBA Port Elizabeth Metro Bed and Breakfast Association for organizing the tour for us.

The Pitch: The playing surface is made of natural grass that was grown off site, in the St Albans area. The areas surrounding the pitch are made of artificial turf.The field that was originally laid was a mixture of kikuyu grass and rye grass. For the 2010 FIFA World Cup though, the field was be made up completely of rye grass. The field was designed to be able to accommodate both football and rugby. The pitch is maintained by a group of 5 people who work day and night to ensure the quality of the playing surface.  A ‘pitch grow’ lighting system is used to ensure that all grass on the pitch grows properly. A unit with 61 000 watt bulbs is used to help certain parts of the pitch covered by shadow due to the stadium roof.

Information drawn from Wikipedia.
Tonight at 7pm:  EP Kings vrs Sharks XV.

Go EP Kings go!

home of ep kings

Home of EP Kings

ready for atmosphere

Ready for atmosphere.

five years on and condition of the stadium remains pristine.

Five years on and condition of the stadium remains pristine.

dedicated team works around the clock to maintain perfect pitch.

Dedicated team works around the clock to maintain perfect pitch.

dazzling structure

Dazzling structure

nelson mandela bay stadium keeps watch over north end lake.

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium keeps watch over North End Lake.