The Eastern Cape Department of Sport Recreation Arts and Culture, in conjunction with the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality, identified the upgrading of sports facilities as a priority for the economic rejuvenation of this area.
The 6 200-seat Mthatha 2010 Sports Stadium was developed to coincide with the 2010 Soccer World Cup and to host other sporting and cultural events.
Phase 1 involved bulk earthworks and services and construction of fencing, storm water structures, retaining structures and mass concrete works.
Phase 2 followed with bulk services, reinforced concrete structures, precast concrete elements and pitch construction. The stadium was built in phase 3, complete with all external works, main roof structure, athletics track and stadium superstructure and suspended stands with roadworks, landscaping and siteworks.
Future phases were planned to increase seating capacity and add indoor sporting facilities, a cricket arena, tennis courts and commercial space.