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Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Boosting control and efficiency with intelligent ICT

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is one of three coastal stadia built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The 46,000-seat stadium hosted eight World Cup matches, was a venue for the 2013 African Cup of Nations and regularly hosts large-scale rugby union and soccer games. It has also been used as a concert venue. The facility has 49 hospitality suites, two business lounges and gym, as well as lecture, function and conference rooms.

We provided all mechanical services and electronics installations for the stadium, pioneering a cutting-edge information and communication technologies (ICT) system that integrates a wide range of services – from closed-circuit television and access control to air conditioning, plumbing and fire detection – onto a common Internet Protocol (IP) platform. The magnitude of the ICT installation matched the design ambition, from the 16 km of fibre cabling to the 55m 2 LED video walls.  

A human machine interface (HMI) provides a user-friendly, intuitive tool for the stadium operator to keep tabs on all aspects of the venue, from the switching on of lights to the opening of doors. We believe such a high-level monitoring and control system provides a significant boost to operational performance, safety and efficiency in a venue of such magnitude. Intelligent ICT installation brings other benefits too, including opportunities for additional revenue streams such as advertising on TV screens and video walls.

Client Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality
Architect Gerkan, Marg and Partners, Architectural Design Associates, Dominic Bonnesse Architects
Location Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Capacity 46,000
Our services Building services, ICT, audiovisual
Project status Completed in 2009