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Turfhall Stadium: An Olympic bid legacy prepares for Junior World Championships




It’s not one of Cape Town’s most well known venues, but architecturally, its an elegant and simple structure, with a “floating roof structure”. It is purpose built for Softball, a key legacy component of the Cape Town 2004 Olympic bid and designed by ACG Architects (and for only a R11 million back in 1997!). The stadium is located inbetween Lansdowne and Ottery, approximately 20 minutes from the CBD and blessed with a fantastic backdrop. It hosts a variety of events beyond softball, including football at the surrounding fields, a starting point for Athletics road races, and more recently as a venue for the Cape Minstrels Festival.

As part of Cape Town’s successful bid for the 2011 ISF World Junior Softball Championships, a full package of upgrades to enhance the long term legacy of the site and stadium were approved by the City. Included in this package of improvements are two new softball pitches, upgrades to the media facilities including a new commentary tower, upgraded and new athlete facilities inside the structure, additional amenities for softball players including improved dug-outs, a practice field facility and improved landscaping across the site.

Designscape Architects appear to be the lead architects for the overall package of improvements, and have been working alongside the City of Cape Town, and the Head of the Organizing Committee for the event. Designscape were also responible for the world class Philippi Stadium World Cup Training venue, another example of good design on a shoestring budget.