Your guide to 2010 World Cup Stadiums in South Africa
  • The dummy's guide to your 2010 World Cup stadia

    It’s difficult to estimate precisely how much South Africa’s 9 world cup stadia have cost – mostly because few people can count over 10 billion and even calculators only go up to 9,999,999,999 (that’s 9.9 billion). So what did we get for all that money? Well, in truth, some pretty awesome brand new stadiums, and some amazing upgrades to existing stadia. Let’s get to know them a little better…

    Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban (70,000 capacity)

    Durban’s new three-tiered stadium features a 106 metre grand central arch that visitors can access via cable car. The stadium is named after Moses MnCane Mabhida, a founding member of the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU) and a hero of the working class. It has been built on the grounds of the old Kings Park stadium, which hosted Bafana Bafana's first ever match in July 1992. The stadium will host 5 first-round matches, a round of 16 match and a semi-final.

    Green Point Stadium, Cape Town (68,000 capacity)

    The new Green Point stadium is a striking building with wave-like lines and a glass panel roof, and its location is stunning, right between mountain and sea. It’s a shame no one in the area actually plays soccer, and no public transport goes near the stadium, and that South Africa’s oldest golf course was demolished to create parking, but locals are now in agreement this is a welcome addition to Cape Town's skyline. The roof is cleverly designed to deflect the famously strong Cape winds, while also allowing light through on sunny days. Green Point Stadium will host an opening match, 5 more first-round matches, 1 second-round match, a quarter-final and a semi-final.

    Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth (48,000 capacity)

    Port Elizabeth now has a truly world-class sporting venue in the form of the newly built Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Its position on the shores of North End Lake, offers both views of the lake and the Indian Ocean. The builders must have been drinking Red Bull because despite only breaking ground in 2007 this was the first of South Africa's five newly-built 2010 World Cup Stadiums to be completed. The eye-catching 'sunflower' roof has been designed to defeat Port Elizabeth's notoriously high wind speeds, and the stadium has state-of-the-art technology highlighted by two monster viewing screens. Nelson Mandela Bay will host 5 first-round matches, 1 second-round match, a quarter final and the third-place playoff of the 2010 Football World Cup.

    Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit (46,000 capacity)

    Nelspruit’s last big building project was the McDonalds on Main road back in 1996. Now with the construction of the first international sporting stadium in Mpumalanga, Nelspruit has something to really shout about. Located 330 km east of Johannesburg, Mbombela is conveniently close to the Kruger National Park and the private game reserves. This is the inspiration for the distinctive giraffe-shaped roof supports and zebra-style seating. The three tiered stadium has a rounded, rectangular shape, which thoughtfully ensures every seat is as close as practically possible to the action on the field. Interesting factoid: the name 'Mbombela' is a siSwati word which means 'many people together in a small space'.
    Mbombela Stadium will host 4 first-round matches of the 2010 Football World Cup.

    Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane (45,000 capacity)

    The new stadium is situated in the north of the country, and sits alongside the old stadium, in the Peter Mokaba Sports Complex. This stadium will be the first world class football venue in the soccer mad province of Limpopo. The four two-tier stands allow for a seating capacity to 46,000 - a massive increase on the old stadium, only had a main stand and three grass banks. The stadium is named after the late Peter Mokaba, a controversial anti-apartheid activist who was born in Polokwane. Peter Mokaba Stadium will host 4 first-round matches of the 2010 World Cup.

    Soccer City, Johannesburg (95,000 capacity)

    Soccer City in Joburg is South Africa's premiere stadium, and will be the main venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ hosting both the opening and final matches. Formally known as FNB Stadium, this stadium has undergone a major upgrade, making this the biggest stadium in Africa. The design is based on the calabash or African cooking pot, a fitting container for the tasty match-ups within. Soccer City will host the opening match, 4 more first-round matches, 1 second-round match, a quarter-final and, of course, the 2010 World Cup final.

    Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg (62,000 capacity)

    Ellis Park Stadium will forever be linked with 1995 Rugby World Cup final when that drop kick went over in extra time. All that is history as Ellis Park (also known as Coca-Cola Park) has been customised for football duty for the duration of the World Cup. Ellis Park hosted the key games of the 2009 Confederations Cup, passing its test with flying colours. Ellis Park Stadium will host 5 first-round matches, 1 second-round match and a quarter-final of the 2010 Football World Cup.

    Loftus Versveld, Pretoria/Tshwane (50,000 capacity)

    Loftus Versfeld is probably the country’s oldest and most established stadium, hosting matches since 1902. The stadium only had to undergo minor upgrades in order to meet FIFA's stringent requirements for the 2010 Football World Cup. A new roof was put in, new ablution facilities (a very popular move), an upgrade to the sound system (less popular when they play opskop treffers), a scoreboard, and a slick new media centre. Loftus is located right in the heart of the city and is named after local sports administrator Mr Loftus Versfeld, who suffered a heart attack in the east stand in 1938. Loftus is home to both Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United, and of course the Blue Bulls. Loftus Versfeld stadium will host 5 first-round matches and 1 second-round match of the 2010 World Cup.

    Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein (48,000 capacity)

    This stadium, also known as Vodacom Park, has only had to undergo minor renovations, although they did come to around R400 million. Thanks to the World Cup schedule, Bloemfontein is about to receive its first ever busloads of tourists from Japan, Slovakia, Paraguay, and Honduras; representatives from Nigeria and Cameroon are already there. The Free State Stadium hosted four Confederations Cup matches with great success and will host 5 first-round matches and 1 second-round match of the 2010 World Cup.

    Royal Bafokeng, Rustenburg (42,000 capacity)

    Located in Rustenburg, in South Africa's forgotten North West Province, the Royal Bafokeng Stadium was completely funded by the Royal Bafokeng Nation, which looks after royalties from the world's richest platinum mines. In other words the Bafokeng people are absolutely loaded, allowing them to have a very well equipped stadium, requiring virtually no renovations to bring it up to FIFA standards. Royal Bafokeng is a 90-minute drive from Johannesburg and 25-minute drive from Sun City. It will host 5 first-round matches and 1 second-round match of the 2010 World Cup.
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  • Just for info, all stadiums, except for Cape town, still have tickets for sale. On match day, no scalping is posible because the ticket has the purchaser's identity details on it.

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