The 2010 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa. It will be the first time that the tournament has been hosted by an African nation.
Prior to the battle fire of the 2010 FIFA World Cup being lit on the stadiums, let us see these battlefields first.
Johannesburg-Soccer City Stadium
A football-specific stadium, Soccer City Stadium is currently the largest stadium in Africa with a capacity of 94,700. It was the site of Nelson Mandela‘s first speech in Johannesburg after his release from prison. It was also the site of Chris Hani’s funeral.
The stadium will host the opening match South Africa vs. Mexico, four more first-round matches, one second-round match, one quarter-final, and the final.
Durban-Moses Mabhida Stadium
This newly built stadium is constructed on the grounds of the Kings Park Soccer Stadium, in the Durban sports precinct. The stadium will have the capacity to hold 70,000 spectators during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Moses Mabhida Stadium roof consists of a 46,000 square meters, Teflon-coated, glass-fiber membrane that will produce a translucent glow when the stadium is lit.
The stadium will host five group games, one second round game and a semi-final match.
Cape Town-Cape Town Stadium
During construction, Cape Town Stadium was unofficially known as Green Point Stadium, the name of an older stadium demolished to make way for the new stadium. During October 2009, the city requested the public to propose names for the new stadium, and the name Cape Town Stadium was chosen.
In the World Cup, it will host five first round matches, one second round, one quarter-final and one semi-final.
Johannesburg-Ellis Park Stadium
Ellis Park Stadium, also known because of its sponsorship by The Coca-Cola Company as Coca-Cola Park, was originally named after Mr. J.D. Ellis who made the area for the stadium available.
Ellis Park will host five group games, one second round game and one quarter-final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Pretoria- Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Loftus Versfeld Stadium is a sports stadium situated in Pretoria, South Africa. The stadium has a capacity of 51,762. Recently, it hosted the 2009 Currie Cup final.
It will host the first and second round matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Port Elizabeth-Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
The five-tier, 48,000-seater, R2 billion (approximately US$270million) Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium was built overlooking the North End Lake, at the heart of the city. It is one of three coastal stadiums built in anticipation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
It will host five group games, as well as a round of 16 games, a quarterfinal and the 3rd/4th playoff will be played at the stadium.
Bloemfontein- Free State Stadium
The Free State Stadium, also known as Vodacom Park, is a stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa, used for rugby union, as well as football (soccer). It was originally built in 1995 for that year’s Rugby World Cup.
In advance of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a second tier was added to the main grandstand on the western side of the ground, increasing the net capacity from 36,538 to 48,000.
Polokwane- Peter Mokaba Stadium
The Peter Mokaba Stadium is a football stadium in Polokwane (formerly Pietersburg), South Africa, that will be used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Rustenburg- Royal Bafokeng Stadium
The Royal Bafokeng Stadium is a football, rugby and athletics stadium in Phokeng near Rustenburg, South Africa. The capacity of the stadium was increased from 38,000 to 44,530 to be able to host five first round matches and one second round match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Mbombela Stadium is a newly built 43,500-seat stadium and is one of the ten venues for the FIFA World Cup 2010. The seats are patterned with zebra stripes.
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