The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Organising Committee (OC) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Danny Jordaan could hardly contain his excitement as he stood at the entrance to Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. Jordaan was in the city to celebrate Durban's 2010 progress.
"This truly is a world class venue," he said as he entered Durban's most beloved construction site on a tour of the stadium, which recently celebrated the opening of the city's new icon, the arch that spans the length of Moses Mabhida stadium.
For Jordaan the arch over the stadium, which he referred to as an "engineering miracle", gives the stadium its significant edge.
"Where in the world can you go on the top of an arch and have a view of the coastline? Nowhere in the world would you find this, it really is a one-of-a kind", said Jordaan of Durban's plans to use a cable car to carry visitors to the top of the arch to take in the breathtaking sights the city has to offer.
"This is one of the best stadiums in the world," proclaimed Jordaan.
For the OC's CEO the sheer magnificence of the Moses Mabhida stadium was the icing on the cake of an already great day for the country as it was announced that 300,000 applications for 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets had been made through FIFA.com in the first 48 hours of being available.
For Jordaan it is proof that football fans around the world are confident about 2010 and South Africa's readiness.
"The Sun newspaper in London sent journalists for a tour of all our stadiums last year. They reported that Ellis Park, Loftus and Bloemfontein would probably be ready; Nelson Mandela Bay was likely to be ready; Greenpoint unlikely; the Durban stadium very unlikely and that Limpopo and Nelspruit will never, never be ready. That was the perception then but now we have the reality. We are selling the tickets for the seats in those stadiums".