Birdair to put roof on World Cup stadium

Amherst-based company Birdair has landed a third Fifa World Cup 2010 contract, designing and constructing a fabricated roof for the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.

Fifa World CupLength of contract: 1 year | Annualised value:US$55 million | Overall value:US$55 million

Amherst-based company Birdair has landed a third Fifa World Cup 2010 contract, designing and constructing a fabricated roof for the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.

The 68,000-capacity stadium is scheduled for completion in September this year and the new roof design, which use a combination of steel, cables, PVC, mesh and glass, will be the first of its kind in the world.

"It is the incredible location of the stadium – built right between the famous Cape Town Tabletop and Lion’s Head Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean – that sets this project apart," said Birdair vice-president Thomas Wuerch.

"It will no doubt be one of the most photographed stadiums in the world. It's a great feeling to be part of such a memorable project."

With six first-round matches, one second-round match, one quarter-final match and one semi-final match, the stadium will hold more matches than any other 2010 World Cup Stadium.

To date, Birdair has completed work on more than 60 sports facilities around the world.