2010 Fever Hits South Africa

by Jana Kotze on

South Africa has come alive with football fever with every province gearing up to meet the standards to host the much-anticipated FIFA Soccer World Cup in June-July 2010! The excitement is tangible as fans witness the construction and upgrading of stadia across the country – ensuring that every match is sure to be a thrilling and festive occasion for the influx of soccer lovers that will be visiting our beautiful country. South Africa is proudly hosting the first ever Soccer World Cup played on African soil and we can’t wait to welcome visitors for this epic occasion!

2010 Soccer Stadiums

There are 10 stadia across the country that will used to host games during the 2010 World Cup. Some have been restored, some have undergone major renovations and some were built from scratch, but all have turned out to be ideal locations to house the thousands of patriotic soccer fans. The venues include:

The Green Point Stadium in Cape Town

The previous Green Point stadium was demolished in the process of building the new and improved world-class standard stadium for 2010. This stadium, with a capacity of 70 000, has been designed as an all-weather, multi-purpose venue. The Green Point stadium is characterised by its curved roof and modern feel. It is technologically advanced, meeting all the regulations for a host stadium whilst being environmentally sustainable. Situated only 500m from the Atlantic Ocean with Table Mountain as a backdrop, this is truly a magnificent venue and well worth a visit in 2010. The Green Point stadium is going to be hosting the opening match of the World Cup as well as well as the quarter and semi-finals!

Visitors to South Africa will be glad to know that they can find excellent accommodation within close proximity of the Green Point stadium, including the upmarket Table Bay Hotel.

The Moses Mabhiba Stadium in Durban

This newly erected stadium is situated in Kings Park Sporting Precinct, adjacent to the current ABSA Stadium. It is characterised by the gigantic arch that stretches over the entire stadium. This arch creates a walkway that provides panoramic views of the warm Indian Ocean and beaches that Durban is famous for. The Moses Mabhiba stadium can cater to a capacity of 70 000, which is ideally suited to it hosting a semi-final match of the Soccer World Cup!

The Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit

Just 7kms from north of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, is the newly constructed Mbombela stadium. This stadium was built with the intention of it being used after the 2010 Soccer World Cup as an adaptable, multi-sport, exhibition and entertainment venue. With a capacity of 40 000, this stadium is ideally suited to hosting the first and second round matches of the tournament.

The Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth has seen the erection of a new world-class sporting venue – the Nelson Mandela stadium, which has been built overlooking the North End Lake. This stadium is situated just 2kms from the coast and has been specifically designed to meet all regulations as a World Cup soccer venue. The eye catching design of the roof was created strategically to withstand the notorious Post Elizabeth winds. This five-tier monumental stadium is equipped with two gigantic viewing screens and state-of the-art technology and can hold a capacity of 44 000, with an additional 4000 temporary seats which will be available for the 2010 World Cup.

Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein

The Free State stadium in Bloemfontein underwent a massive revamp ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. A second tier was added to the already existing stadium and now the venue can hold a capacity of 48 000 soccer fans! Other additions were made in order to meet the requirements of a host venue for the World Cup; these include the upgrading of the floodlights, installation of high-tech electronic scoreboards, a sound system revamp and the addition of new turnstiles. The Free State stadium will host 5 first round matches and 1 second round match of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg

Soccer City is just one of the two stadia in Johannesburg that will host matches during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. This stadium is situated in the Soweto area of Johannesburg and has been earmarked to host some very exciting matches of the tournament – the opening match, a semi-final and the final! In order to increase its capacity to 94 700, the upper tier of the stadium was extended. The inspiration for this colossal stadium was drawn from that of traditional African pottery in the form of the shape and structure of a “calabash”.

Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg

Also located in Johannesburg, the Ellis Park stadium has undergone significant renovations to meet all requirements as a semi-final match venue for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The capacity was brought up to 10 000 by adding new tiers behind each goals, making the capacity stand at a grand 70 000. This stadium was also the iconic venue where the memorable 1995 Rugby World Cup final was held. As well as the new tier, the Ellis Park stadium also saw the addition of new and improved media and broadcasting facilities, a new pitch, state-of-the-art audio visual setup as well as a classy VIP area.

Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg

The Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg is set to host the first and second round matches of the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa. In order to meet requirements as a host venue, the existing stadium has seen extensive additions and improvements. These include the addition of two additional rows of seating on the second level as well as new seats and a new cantilever roof. Electronic scoreboards have been installed as well as an upgrade of the floodlights and public address system, ensuring that fans experience a thrilling sporting extravaganza!

Not only will you find Bafokeng to be the hub of festive celebrations during 2010, but within close distance from this host venue, you will also find world-class accommodation. Sun City Resort offers the ideal escape from the bustle of the city and an array of exciting activities to enjoy whist on your visit to South Africa.

Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane

The Peter Mokaba stadium is located in Polokwane (previously known as Pietersburg) in the Limpopo province. This stadium was one of the five new stadia in South Africa that were built for 2010 World Cup, erected next to the old stadium in the Peter Mokaba Sports Complex. The design of the stadium itself was inspired by the baobab tree and features four supporting “trunks”. The Peter Mokaba stadium has a capacity of 46 000 and will play host to several first round matches of the Soccer World Cup.

Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria

The Loftus Versfeld stadium is located just 5km from the city of Tshwane (Pretoria) in Gauteng. In order to meet requirements as a host stadium, Loftus Versfeld has upgraded their floodlights and sound system and has seen the addition of an electronic scoreboard. The roof of the stadium has been improved and in the lower level of the west stand, a designated media area was constructed. This venue will host the first and second round matches of the 2010 World Cup and with a capacity of 51762, it is sure to be a momentous and memorable host venue!

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