Over the past couple of years, a frenzy of construction has engulfed South Africa as existing stadiums are enlarged and new ones built from scratch in preparation for the 2010 World Cup.
The nine World Cup host cities have a total of 10 stadiums (five new and five renovated) ranging in size from the colossal 95, 000 seater Soccer City in Johannesburg – the venue for both the opening ceremony and the final – to more modest 40, 000 seaters in the smaller cities.
* Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban (70,000 capacity)
* Green Point Stadium, Cape Town (68,000 capacity)
* Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth (48,000 capacity)
* Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit (46,000 capacity)
* Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane (45,000 capacity)
* Soccer City, Johannesburg (95,000 capacity)
* Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg (62,000 capacity)
* Loftus Versveld, Pretoria/Tshwane (50,000 capacity)
* Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein (48,000 capacity)
* Royal Bafokeng, Rustenburg (42,000 capacity)
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