English: The FIFA World Cup is the largest international sports event in the world. Hosting
the FIFA World Cup remains a sought after goal for any country. Due to the
magnitude of spectators and scale of participation the hosting of the event
requires substantial investment in infrastructure, especially the stadia where the
various football games will be played. The award of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to
South Africa resulted in ten stadia to be either upgraded or newly constructed
for the event in South Africa. Even though all the stadia were ready for the
tournament, nearly all projects experienced time delays and cost overruns.
This article investigates the reasons or causes of cost overruns and time delays
during the upgrading and construction of the various stadia. A three-tier
research approach covers a comprehensive literature review on the causes
of cost overruns and time delays on construction-related projects globally as
well as an investigation into the factors that caused cost overruns and time
delays on six of the stadia. Finally, the results for the global and stadia projects
are compared. The results indicate that the increase in material cost is the
single largest contributor to cost overruns for both global and stadia projects.
With respect to time delays the most significant contributing factor for global
projects was late delay in payments while for the stadia projects design-related
factors caused the most delays. The results provide valuable information on the
unique challenges facing those who are interested in investing or managing
construction projects in South Africa.