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World Cup 2010 – Stadiums


Johannesburg will have two stadiums in the World Cup 2010 and also boasts the opening match, one semi final and the final match of the tournament.

Soccer City is the jewel in South Africa’s crown, built in 1987 and with a capacity of 94,700 (excluding Media and VIP’s) it is sure to offer a great atmosphere for the lucky few that get tickets and hopefully as the stadium to be used for the first game, provide an excellent springboard for a magnificent tournament.

For 2010, the upper tier will be extended around the stadium, an encircling roof will be constructed, new changing room facilities will be developed and new floodlights will be installed.

Cape Town

Cape Town is building a new stadium for the 2010 World Cup in the suburb of Greenpoint, 500 metres from the Atlantic Ocean with Table Mountain as a backdrop.

Upon completion, the stadium should seat 70,000.

Group matches to be played in Cape Town

* 11th June – 8.30pm: Uruguay v France
* 14th June – 8.30pm: Italy v Paraguay
* 18th June – 8.30pm: England v Algeria
* 21st June – 1.30pm: Portugal v Korea DPR
* 24th June – 8.30pm: Cameroon v Netherlands

Durban – Moses Mabhida Stadium

Durban will boast the new Moses Mabhida stadium, unveiled on June 15th 2006 at Durban’s ICC by KwaZulu-Natal’s Premier Sbu Ndebele and eThekwini Mayor Councillor Obed Mlaba.

The stadium will be built on the site of the existing King’s Park stadium and has been designed as a first-class multi-purpose sporting facility with a seating capacity of 70,000.

The stadium is named after named after Moses Mabhida, a former General Secretary of the SACP.
Group matches to be played in Durban

* 13th June – 8.30pm: Germany v Australia
* 16th June – 4.00pm: Spain v Switzerland
* 19th June – 1.30pm: Netherlands v Japan
* 22th June – 8.30pm: Nigeria v Korea Republic
* 25th June – 4.00pm: Portugal v Brazil

Nelspruit – Mbombela Stadium

Construction of the new Mbombela Stadium on open land just eight kilometres north of Nelspruit will confirm the recently rising fortunes of this far north-eastern corner of South Africa.

The Mbombela Stadium has been designed to ensure it enjoys a prosperous life beyond the tournament as an adaptable, relevant multi-sport, entertainment and exhibition venue.

The stadium will be specifically constructed to ensure that it meets all FIFA Requirements and presents a compact and attractive venue for both first and second round matches with a capacity of just over 40,000.

Group matches to be played in Nelspruit

* 16th June – 1.30pm: Honduras v Chile
* 20th June – 4.00pm: Italy v New Zealand
* 23rd June – 8.30pm: Australia v Serbia
* 25th June – 4.00pm: Korea DPR v Ivory Coast

Rustenburg – Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace

Only minor renovations will be required to bring the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace into line with requirements for a stadium able to host first and second round matches at the 2010 World Cup. The stadium will have a capacity of just over 40,000.

For 2010, essentially cosmetic measures such as installation of new electronic scoreboards and upgrading of the floodlights and public address system will render the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace ready to welcome the football supporters of the world.

Group matches to be played in Rustenburg

* 12th June – 8.30pm: England v USA
* 15th June – 1:30pm: New Zealand v Slovakia
* 19th June – 4.00pm: Ghana v Australia
* 22th June – 4.00pm: Mexico v Uruguay
* 24th June – 8.30pm: Denmark v Japan

Pretoria – Loftus Versfeld Stadium

The main west stand of the Loftus Versfeld stadium was completely rebuilt in 1977, and the other three stands have been rebuilt since, creating an impressive arena, that rises steeply on all sides and incorporates some of the country’s finest facilities for corporate hospitality.

Minimal upgrading will be required for the stadium to qualify as a venue for first and second round matches, but the floodlights, sound system and scoreboards will all be improved. The stadium has a capacity of 45,000 and this will probably rise to 50,000 for the World Cup.

Group matches to be played in Pretoria

* 13th June – 4.00pm: Serbia v Ghana
* 16th June – 8.30pm: South Africa v Uruguay
* 19th June – 8.30pm: Cameroon v Denmark
* 23rd June – 4.00pm: USA v Algeria
* 25th June – 8.30pm: Chile v Spain

Polokwane – Peter Mokaba Stadium

The roof over the existing west stand of the Peter Mokaba Stadium will be removed and replaced by a roof that covers the entire western stand of the new Stadium.

An additional 20 rows of seating will be built around the entire stadium to increase capacity to 40,000.

In addition to the structural work, the Peter Mokaba stadium will be provided with first rate equipment, including an electronic scoreboard in the northern stand, new floodlights, a modern sound system and a fire detection and protection system.

Group matches to be played in Polokwane

* 13th June – 1.30pm: Algeria v Slovenia
* 17th June – 8.30pm: France v Mexico
* 22nd June – 8.30pm: Greece v Argentina
* 24th June – 4.00pm: Paraguay v New Zealand

Port Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will have a capacity of 49,500 and will be a multi purpose facility launched at the World Cup in 2010.

This is the first time a world-class football stadium has been built in the Eastern Cape province.

The playing surface is made of natural grass, it was grown off site in the area of St Albans. The areas surrounding the pitch are made of artificial turf.

Group matches to be played in Port Elizabeth

* 12th June – 1.30pm: Korea Republic v Greece
* 15th June – 4.00pm: Ivory Coast v Portugal
* 18th June – 1.30pm: Germany v Serbia
* 21st June – 4.00pm: Chile v Switzerland
* 23rd June – 4.00pm: Slovenia v England

Bloemfontein – Free State Stadium

In advance of 2010, a second tier will be added to the main grandstand of the Free State Stadium on the western side of the ground, increasing the net capacity beyond the 40,000-mark required for venues to stage first and second round matches.

Additionally, new turnstiles will be erected, the floodlights will be upgraded, electronic scoreboards will be installed and the sound system will be revamped to the required standards.

Group matches to be played in Bloemfontein

* 14th June – 4.00pm: Japan v Cameroon
* 17th June – 4.00pm: Greece v Nigeria
* 20th June – 1.30pm: Slovakia v Paraguay
* 22th June – 4.00pm: France v South Africa
* 25th June – 8.30pm: Switzerland v Honduras

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