Access Facilities and Leisure Management have once again entered into an agreement with the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality to continue managing the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium for the next three years, with the official signing of the contract taking place yesterday.
This follows a recommendation by the Nelson Mandela Bay’s Sport, Recreation, Arts and Cultural Services Committee that the Stadium operator contract be renewed for a further three years. Thereafter, it was agreed, a request for proposals would be issued for a company to manage the stadium on a long-lease basis “together with the associated costs and risks”.
Access were originally appointed to manage the newly built, multi-purpose stadium in 2009. The facility is one of the nine stadiums used for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.
Since then they have been responsible for ensuring that the last three years’ events, which have collectively seen over one million people through the stadium’s gates, have run smoothly. Since the Southern Kings versus the British and Irish Lions rugby match at the Stadium on 16th of June, 2009, the stadium has hosted over 50 rugby and soccer matches, seven concerts, 34 exhibitions and hundreds of smaller events and private functions.
Key events included eight 2010 Fifa World cup soccer matches, The test match between New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the Neil Diamond, Josh Groban and The International Music Festival concerts featuring George Benson and other local acts.
“With Super Rugby from 2013, more PSL soccer planned, the IRB7’s each December until at least 2014, the third test against England in June, as well as a host of other events planned, the Stadium operator is confident we will host millions more visitors over the next three years.” said Corporate Affairs GM and spokesperson for the operator Buli G Ngomane.