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AFL nets extraordinary South African World Cup commission - images

Northwest-based AFL Architects has won the contract to design one of the six stadia to be used in South Africa for the 2010 Football World Cup.

The practice - which is well-known for its stadium design work - will design the Peter Mokaba arena in Polokwane in the north of the country.

The delivery of the 43,000-seat stadium, which is expected to come in at £113 million, will be a tight construction process with timescales already a concern.

This new stadium will be used for both football and rugby after the World Cup and will be located adjacent to the existing Peter Mokaba stadium, currently used for athletic events.

AFL Director John Roberts said yesterday: 'Due to the significance of the new Peter Mokaba stadium and its location in Limpopo's capital city Polokwane, we felt the design of the new stadium should include an element respectful of the breathtaking scenery this South African province has to offer.

'It's for this reason that we designed the unique corner supports to be representative of the Baobab Tree, the symbol for the Limpopo Region,' he added.

AFL is working with South African-based Prism Architects.

by Ed Dorrell

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