VM-2240 Zoned Evac system
CS-304 Constant directivity horn
HX-5 Variable Dispersion Speaker System
Soccer was played for many years at Wanderers Club, at the time near the present-day Park Station. In 1945, however, the South African Railways expropriated the ground used by the Wanderers Club to expand the station.
The club was given six months to move, according to historian Sue Krige in a September 2006 historical survey, conducted on behalf of the City. It was not pleased with this turn of events, but a particularly popular soccer game played at the club sealed its fate. The grounds could not accommodate all the fans, Krige says.
"Gross overcrowding at a 'wildly popular soccer final' in August 1945 demonstrated that Wanderers simply did not have the capacity to host such games."
A lengthy court battle ensued and the club finally took leave of its premises in October 1947.
Although used consistently, the stadium was in need of a serious revamp, a process already set in motion. In 2006 the old stadium was demolished, and a new stadium will rise from its ashes.
Deon Venter, the assistant director of capital projects in the Department of Community Development, says construction of the new stadium has already begun, with completion expected by August 2008.
Because of the stadium's age, it has been recommended that the scoreboard be retained for heritage purposes. A photographic display will trace its history. In all, about R76-million is to be spent on the venue.