JOHANNESBURG – Having been popularly known for hosting indoor sporting codes, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium operators Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) is planning on using the lake that surrounds a quarter of the stadium for external activities in the near future.
Primary built to be one of the venues for the 2010 Fifa World Cup that was held on South African soil, it’s been 10 years since the iconic Nelson Mandela Bay was established in Port Elizabeth.
Over that period, it became a profound sporting ground as it’s hosted some big matches - from the World Cup and Premier Soccer League to South African rugby games.
During the stadium’s 10th anniversary celebrations held yesterday, MBDA chairman Phil Goduka said they were already underway with the purification of the lake as they plan to host water sports such as rowing and swimming.
“We are purifying the water in the lake,” Goduka said. “It’s just small activities left. But once the level of bacteria (is down), and the Nelson Mandela Bay University helps us with that, then you can bring water sports into the mix. After all, we are the only stadium with a lake.”