10 south african stadiums of the 2010 fifa world cup

1)nelson mandela bay stadium – port elizabeth
port elizabeth has a brand new world-class stadium – the nelson mandela bay stadium. The five-tier nelson mandela bay stadium has a seating capacity of 44,000 with an additional 4000 temporary seats available for the 2010 football world cup

2)ellis park stadium – johannesburg
ellis park stadium is a major football venue in south africa. ellis park stadium has been ear-marked as a semi-final venue for the 2010 south africa world cup. the stadium underwent major renovations to fullfill all the FIFA™ requirements. new upper tiers were added behind each goal, adding an extra 10 000 seats and bringing the seating capacity to the required 70 000. ellis park now meets all requirements as a semi-final match venue.

3)free state stadium – bloemfontein
situated only a few minutes drive from proposed FIFA™ and team hotels in bloemfontein, the free state stadium is a dedicated sporting environment with ample parking and excellent corporate hospitality. the free state stadium will host 5 first-round matches and 1 second-round match of the 2010 world cup.

4) green point stadium – cape town
the green point stadium in cape town has been transformed into a completely new 70 000 seater, all-weather, multi-purpose, environmentally sustainable, modern, technologically advanced, world class stadium giving expression to the “african renaissance stadium” at the juncture between table mountain and the atlantic ocean at the southern tip of africa.

5)soccer city – johannesburg
soccer city (also know as the FNB stadium) is earmarked to host both the opening and final matches of the 2010 soccer world cup. built in 1987, soccer city has played host to some of the most memorable matches in south africa’s soccer history.

6) moses mabhida stadium – durban
located in kwazulu natal in the beautiful city of durban, moses mabhida stadium is named after a hero of the working class. the moses mabhida stadium is located adjacent the ABSA stadium in the kings park sporting precinct – a site located in stamford hill, is a world class multi-purpose stadium set to make possible successful history in the making of the 2010 fifa world cup.

7) mbombela stadium – nelspruit
the mbombela stadium located just 7km outside of nelspruit in mpumalanga has been designed to ensure it enjoys a life beyond the 2010 world cup tournament as an adaptable sports, entertainment and exhibition venue. mbombela Stadium has been proposed as for both the first and second round matches with a capacity of just over 40,000.

8) peter mokaba stadium – polokwane
the peter mokaba stadium is situated in polokwane (previously known as pietersburg), the capital of limpopo, south africa. the peter mokaba stadium is the first world class football venue in the soccer mad province of limpopo. four two tier stands bring the seating capacity to 46,000. peter mokaba stadium is named after the late peter mokaba, a controversial anti-apartheid activist who was born in polokwane.

9) loftus versfeld stadium – pretoria
in the city of tshwane (pretoria), loftus versfeld is situated 5 km from the city centre. to qualify for selection as a first and second round venue for the 2010 FIFA™ world cup, the floodlights, sound system and scoreboard at loftus versfeld were upgraded and designated media areas were constructed in the lower level of the west stand. loftus versfeld stadium is the homeground of the sundowns football club, one of south africa’s premiere professional clubs. since 1977 loftus versfeld has undergone many renovations and its four major stands have been completely rebuilt.

10) royal bafokeng stadium – rustenburg
the Royal bafokeng stadium will host first and second round matches for the FIFA™ world cup in 2010. located in rustenburg in the north west province, royal bafokeng was opened in 1999 and completely funded by the royal bafokeng community. (an administrative entity presiding over the world’s richest platinum mines).

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