With the World Cup 7 months away, the stadiums are nearing completion. In total, 10 Stadiums will be used for the tournament. Five of these are newly built and five are been renovated. Not only do the Stadiums comply with FIFA Stadium Match Requirements, but they are the very best in the World.
The 10 Stadiums are:
• Green Point Stadium, Cape Town (New)
• Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban (New)
• Nelson Mandela Stadium, Port Elizabeth (New)
• Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit (New)
• Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane (New)
• Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg (Renovated)
• Soccer City, Johannesburg (Renovated)
• Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria (Renovated)
• Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein (Renovated)
• Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg (Renovated)
The New Stadiums:
The Green Point Stadium
Located in the scenic city of Cape Town, this stadium is known as the “African Renaissance Stadium.” It is located between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean at the southern-most tip of Africa, with a capacity of 68 000. A Total of 8 matches will be held here: 5 group stage, one round of 16, one quarter-final and a semi-final.
The Moses Mabhida Stadium
Located in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, It is my personal favourite. It is without a doubt the most impressive stadium I have ever seen. If you fly over Durban, look down from the air and take in that stadium along the coastline, you will see what I mean: It’s simply breathtaking. The arch itself is said to rise 106m above the pitch and a cable car will enable visitors to go to the top of it. It has a capacity of 70 000. Seven matches are scheduled here: 5 group Matches, a round of 16 and a Semi Final.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
It is located in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape Province. Its characteristic roof was designed to withstand the strong wind that gave Port Elizabeth its nickname: “The Windy City.” A total of 8 matches will be hosted at this stadium: 6 group matches, one quarter-final and the 3rd/4th place play-off. It has a capacity of 49 500
The Mbombela Stadium
Situated in the beautiful province of Mpumalanga, this is a newly built stadium with a capacity of 40 000. It will host 4 group stage matches. The stadium was built to be used as a venue for exhibition as well as sports post-2010.
The Peter Mokaba Stadium
Located in Polokwane, this stadium will also host 4 group matches and has a Capacity of 46 000.
Located in Johannesburg, Soccer City will host the opening group match (featuring the host nation South Africa), as well as 4 more group matches, a round of 16, a quarter-final and the final. With a capacity of 94 700, it is the largest stadium in Africa. Designed to resemble an African pot (calabash,) it is truly an architectural masterpiece. The colours resemble that of the pot as well as the earth and fire used to heat the pot.
Ellis Park Stadium (Coca-Cola Park)
Also situated in Johannesburg this stadium is dear to many South Africans. It is the venue where our country won the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The Stadium hosts both Rugby and Football matches as well as concerts. It has been renovated to seat over 62 000 fans. It was the venue of the Confederations Cup final 2009 between Brazil and the USA. Seven matches will be staged here: 5 group matches, 1 round of 16 and 1 quarter-final.
Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Located in Pretoria, this is the oldest stadium in South Africa. It will host 5 group matches and a round of 16 match. With a capacity of just over 51 000, it’s a popular venue in South Africa, and plays host to many football and rugby matches as well as concerts.
The Royal Bafokeng Stadium
Located in the city of Rustenburg in the North West Province, it will be used for 5 group matches and round of 16 match. It has a capacity of 42 000.
If you’re heading to South Africa next year for the World cup, you’re in for a real treat!