I had this mental image of South Africa, semi-poor, borderline Third World South Africa ... building some functional stadiums for the 2010 World Cup. They would work, we hoped, but that would be all.
Clearly, I was wrong.
At least one of the new stadiums is visually arresting. The one in Cape Town. "Green Point," it is called, in Cape Town.
Take a look for yourself. They lit up the thing last night, and three photos are posted at the Johannesburg Sunday Times web site.
Doesn't it look like a gigantic diamond sitting there in the distance? Reflecting all that light, like the facets of a gem?
Very impressive. Bravo, South Africa.
I don't know if you can afford this (and who can afford any of the great world events?) ... but that is one sharp stadium. Like the Bird's Nest in Beijing ... except maybe even more visually arresting.