2010 FIFA World Cup Stadiums: Mbombela Stadium
The Mbombela stadium is one of the newly-built stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Mbombela stadium takes it’s name from the local municipality which incorporates the city of Nelspruit in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. Mbombela means “many people together in a small space.” The Mbombela stadium has a seating capacity of 46,000. The signature feature of the stadium are the 18 roof supports that resemble giraffes. The multi-purpose stadium is expected to host key soccer and rugby matches in the future and will also be equipped for conferences. The Mbombela stadium will host 4 first round matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It’s located 7 km from the Nelspruit city center and 12 km from the Kruger-Mpumalanga Airport. The stadium is also within driving distance from a few game parks and other tourist attractions. Before the construction of the Mombela Stadium Nelspruit had no top football venue to host international matches. Nelspruit is a buzzling city with more than 220,000 inhabitants. Nelspruit is situated 330 km East of Johannesburg. Nelspruit was founded in 1905. The city is a major stopover point for tourists travelling to the Kruger National Park and to Mozambique. This venue will be one of the memorable ones to host matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The following matches will be hosted in the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Mbombela Stadium:
- 16 June 2010 – Honduras vs Chile – Kickoff at 13:30
- 20 June 2010 – Italy vs New Zealand – Kickoff at 16:00
- 23 June 2010 – Australia vs Serbia – Kickoff at 20:30
- 25 June 2010 – North Korea vs Cote d’Ivoire – Kickoff at 16:00
Check out the previous post about the 2010 FIFA World Cup Match Schedule for the complete list of scheduled matches for the tournament