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2010 WORLD CUP : Maintaining Stadia After 2010 Will Be Important

 





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South Africa’s new stadia have earned worldwide status as top-class facilities and the country’s hosting of the World Cup has earned high praise internationally. While this phenomenal successful sporting event is drawing to a close, the challenge which faces the country is how to continue to get the best out of our new and refurbished stadia for the benefit of sport and for the fun and entertainment of the millions of fans, who have flocked to the games, showing an astounding enthusiasm for sporting events and the spectacular venues.

Maintaining these stadia will become an important focus after the World Cup to ensure the lasting benefits of the huge investment which have created these world-class facilities.

Brendon Burger of Broll Property Group, Facilities Management, says: “Retaining the top-class international condition of these sport stadia will be imperative to these assets, in order to maximise their value and build on the foundations we have created during the World Cup to attract other international sporting events. Proper maintenance will also add to the integrity of the assets – increasing their lifespans, growing their values and ensuring higher income generation as they become more appealing to event organisers.”

Broll Facilities Management currently manages all elements of the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium excluding the pitch – which successfully hosted a World Cup warm up friendly game.

This kind of facilities management is a highly specialised function and Burger believes that an experienced facilities management company can add enormous value while also ensuring best value for money spent.

Broll takes the headache out of management for the owners by placing a manger on site to co-ordinate and run all aspects of managing the facility. The company does comprehensive preparations before moving on site, including completing work-flow studies. This enables them to maximise the staff’s time usage and allow each person to focus on their core function.

Facilities managers such as Broll can deal with the complete upkeep of the stadium, as well as management as a whole. This includes everything from managing water and electrical reticulation to security, traders around the stadium, cleaning and emergency services.

“With the high and rising costs of utilities, energy management has become incredibly important,” says Burger. This encompasses everything from making the right choice as to when to run off Eskom power or generators for specific events. Precision energy management is critical, especially considering that a single incorrect switching of stadium lights could cost more than R75,000

 
 
 
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