Official Opening of Phillipi Stadium
Minister Robin Carlisle will tomorrow officially open the upgraded Phillipi Stadium. Chipcor Construction (Pty) Ltd recently won the bid for the management of the stadium for 10 years. Under the lease agreement Chipcor will be responsible for the implementation of community football development initiatives, as well as maintaining the pitch and the physical infrastructure in and around the stadium.
Chipcor will soon launch a football academy that will be based around the stadium. The company has bought Hanover Park Football Club as part of its strategy to make optimal use of the stadium. The team, which has now been renamed Chippa United, will participate in the Vodacom League and use the stadium for all its home games.
Philippi Stadium is situated in one of the more disadvantaged parts of Cape Town, but boasts the highest number of registered amateur players in the country. The stadium is well-located near the Philippi Railway Station and long distance bus terminus. It is easily accessible by public transport and geographically central in Cape Town. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup the venue served as an official Venue Specific Training Site. The Uruguay national team held their practice sessions at the stadium twice during the World Cup.
Philippi Stadium accommodates 3000 spectators. The site has been upgraded for R 54 million as part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup legacy by the Provincial Government of the Western Cape. Changing rooms with ablution facilities have been built. A media facility and operational area for security services were also built. These were necessary upgrades for the FIFA tournament, as well as useful legacy for post-World Cup use.
DATE: Saturday, 28 August 2010
VENUE: Phillipi Stadium, Phillipi
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Western Cape Provincial Government
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