Location of stadia and 2010 facilities
Almost all the respondents in Athlone (98%) and all the respondents in Green Point indicated that they were aware of a major sporting event that will take place in South Africa in 2010. They identified the event as the FIFA World Cup. Furthermore, 81% of the respondents in Athlone and 84% in Green Point indicated that they were aware that a dedicated football venue is being planned as a 2010 football legacy. A significant proportion of the respondents in Athlone (46%) identified Athlone as a competition venue. Twenty nine percent of the respondents identified Green Point and 5% stated both Athlone and Green Point. In Green Point, the majority of the respondents (73%) identified Green Point as the competition venue. Eighteen percent of the respondents in Athlone and 21% of the respondents in Green Point indicated that they were not sure or did not know where the competition venue will be located in Cape Town. In terms of the legacy stadium, in Athlone the majority of the respondents identified Athlone (33%) and Green Point (41%) as the proposed legacy stadium. In Green Point, 51% identified Green Point and 18% identified Athlone as a legacy venue. Twenty four percent of the respondents in Athlone and 29% of the respondents in Green Point indicated that they were not sure or did not know where the legacy venue will be located in Cape Town.
It is important to note that the surveys were conducted at the time when the decision that Green Point will be the competition venue and Athlone the legacy stadium was imminent. The above results illustrate that many of the residents appeared to be unclear about the location of 2010 stadia in Cape Town. The responses also reflect confusion among residents about what is a competition venue versus a legacy stadium. It appears that key decisions regarding 2010 stadia developments are not adequately communicated to residents whose lives are likely to be impacted by 2010 activities taking place in close proximity to their homes. The results raise concerns regarding the communication and dissemination of information in relation to 2010 plans and decisions.
There was strong support for stadium development with 90% of respondents in both communities stating that they were in favour of a 2010 stadium being located in the area where they reside. The main reasons forwarded by the respondents for being in favour of the stadium being located in the area where they reside were that it will:
Bring them an exciting/ lifetime event.
Assist in improving football in the area and contribute to sport development.
Create job opportunities and boost the local economy.
Provide an opportunity to watch matches live.
Ten percent of the respondents in both communities objected to the 2010 stadium being located in their area. A few of the respondents forwarded reasons for their position which were that the event will increase crime in the area (6% in Athlone and 2% in Green Point) and there will be traffic congestion during the event (2% in each community). One respondent in Green Point stated that the current Newlands stadium should be upgraded. Furthermore, among the 10% of the respondents who objected, 3% in Athlone and one respondent in Green Point stated that the stadium should be located in another location in their community while 7% in Athlone and 4% in Green Point felt that the stadium should be located in another location outside their community.