Designed to represent a calabash, or African pot, the Soccer City stadium’s design was chosen because of the African connotation. It was felt that this symbolism could only be associated with Africa and nowhere else.
Moses Mabhida Staduim,
Trade unionist and Marxist, Moses Mabhida is regarded as a working class hero. Quite fitting then that this stadium is built atop the old Kings Park soccer stadium.
With views of the Indian ocean and beautiful sandy beaches, this is certain to be popular with footie fans.
Green Point Stadium
Capacity: 69, 070
Erected in plain view of Table Top mountain the architect’s aim was to design a stadium that would compliment rather than compete with prominent landmark.
Wedged between the mountain and the sea in South Africa’s most popular international tourist destination.
Coca-Cola (Ellis) Park
Venue of the 1995 rugby World Cup final Ellis Park (now sadly rebranded as the Coca-Cola Park) is arguable South Africa’s most famous stadium.
The semi-final on July 6th will be played here as well as 7 games in the earlier rounds.
Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Capacity: 51, 760
Sport has been played on this patch of land for over 100 years and is frequently used for international sporting events. Sweden were the beaten in this stadium making them the first European team to be beaten by an African side.
The stadium is named after the man that developed and championed sport in Pretoria in the first half of the 20th century.
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium,
Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth is situated right on the southern coast in a secluded bay and boasts 40km of pristine beach. The impressive stadium itself sits between the sea and North End lake.
Free State Stadium
Also know as Vodacom Park, Free State Stadium has received a substantial upgrade in readiness for the 2010 World Cup.
Bloemfontein is often referred to as “The city of roses” because of the abundance rose that are to be found in the city and also because of the rose festival that takes place each year.
Peter Mokaba Stadium
Named after a minister in Nelson Mandela’s government who died in 2002. This US$154,000,000 stadium is one of the five new stadia that are due to be completed in time for the tournament.
Situated close to the national “Kruger Park, this multi purpose stadium is another on of the five that are currently under construction. It is noted for its 18 roof support that rise above the stadium into the sky. Apparently they are supposed to resemble the giraffes of the neighbouring safari park.
Royal Bafokeng Stadium
The multi purpose Royal Bafokeng stadium will be the venue of six matches during the first two rounds of the tournament. Named after the Royal Bafokeng people who have lived on the land for nearly 900 years.