R50m upgrades to Tshwane’s awaited PSL stadium progressing well
Written by admin on June 5, 2022
The Caledonian stadium is slightly ahead with construction work and is set to have a new soccer museum, multipurpose hall, sports retail shop, new sports bar, five-a-side soccer facility and a new skate park for inner city skating in 2023.
The R50-million upgrades to the Caledonian stadium in the CBD are progressing well.
MMC for Social Development and Community Services, Peggy De Bruin said the once finished with the upgrade there was a possibility the Premier Soccer League (PSL) would host its games at the facility.
“The department is pleased to report that two of the City’s sports development capital projects – the Caledonian stadium and Refilwe stadium – are progressing well,” said De Bruin during an inspection of the Caledonian.
“I was pleased to note that the projects are on course for completion for the benefit of our residents,” she said.
“The Caledonian stadium is slightly ahead… the upgrade includes stripping and demolition of old structures, removal of spectator seating and embankments and the building of a boundary wall.”
She said the department worked diligently to ensure that the metro’s financial commitments and spending were transparent and that the required budget was utilised to provide quality infrastructure and services for the benefit of Tshwane residents.
Caledonian stadium caretaker Jabu Mahlangu said prior the commencement of construction, the facility was used as a drug den and a perfect spot for learners who bunked classes to hide.
He said the stadium had been stripped of metals, windows, chairs and other valuable materials by vandals who sold scrap material.
He also claimed that smash-and-grab and other robbers also hid there after committing criminal acts.
In April 2021, after a decade-long lament by football stakeholders and residents, Tshwane mayor Randall Williams announced a R120-million revamp of the Caledonian stadium.
He later hosted a sod-turning ceremony attended by soccer legends Mark Fish and Deshi Bhaktawer who all played at the stadium in its heyday.
Construction at the 112-year-old home for Arcadia Shepherds FC, was expected to be completed in 2023.
“It’s been a long struggle for Shepherds over the past 20 years,” said club manager Luck Manna at the ceremony adding that in 2001 the club had entered an agreement with the then-Tshwane council.
He said the council had promised the club a long-term lease contract but the agreement was never signed.
Manna said the club never gave up on their dream to play there again.
“This construction will ensure that the partnership between the club and the Tshwane metro will remain intact.”
Williams said the stadium was a heritage site and an integral part of the sport history of Tshwane.
He said the metro hoped that PSL teams would use the stadium after construction.
He said once complete, the stadium would boast a football museum, multipurpose hall, a sports retail shop, sports bar – that would help generate an income, a five-a-side soccer facility and a skate park.