The Nelson Mandela Bay stadium is set on the shores of the North End Lake, located in the Port Elizabeth area in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The stadium is named after South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. The Eastern Cape province borders the Kwazulu Natal province. This is the first soccer / football dedicated stadium in the city of Port Elizabeth and its surrounding areas. The Nelson Mandela Bay stadium was newly-built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It was completed in May 2009. The venue will host 8 matches in the tournament, including the match for third place and 1 of the quarter final matches. The Nelson Mandela Bay stadium is a multi-purpose venue with a unique roof-structure and a spectacular view overlooking the North End Lake area. Before the construction of this venue, all international football matches were played at the EPRU Stadium (Formerly known as the Boet Erasmus stadium). The Nelson Mandela Bay stadium features a natural grass playing surface with an artificial turf outer / surrounding area. The stadium has a seating capacity of 48,000. The Nelson Mandela Bay stadium has hosted a few events since it’s completion. The venue was used for a rugby match between the British & Irish Lions and the newly launched Southern Kings team in June 2009. The Nelson Mandela Bay stadium also hosted the 2009 edition of the Premier’s Cup and match between Orlando Pirates FC and Kaizer Chiefs FC in the Vodacom Challenge in July 2009.
The following matches will be played at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament:
- 12 June 2010 – Greece vs South Korea – Kickoff at 13:30
- 15 June 2010 – Cote d’Ivoire vs Portugal – Kickoff at 16:00
- 18 June 2010 – Germany vs Serbia – Kickoff at 13:30
- 21 June 2010 – Chile vs Switzerand – Kickoff at 16:00
- 23 June 2010 – Slovenia vs England – Kickoff at 16:00
- 26 June 2010 – Round of 16 knockout match – Kickoff at 16:00
- 2 July 2010 – 3rd Quarter final match – Kickoff at 16:00
- 10 July 2010 – 3rd / 4th place playoff – Kickoff at 20:30
Check out the previous post covering the 2010 FIFA World Cup match schedule on Running Wolf’s Rant for a complete listing of matches to be played in the tournament.