2010 FIFA World Cup Stadiums: Soccer City Stadium
Soccer City stadium has long been considered as the home of South African Football / Soccer since it was first built in 1987. Soccer City is situated in the South Western part of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa. It was first known as the FNB stadium with a seating capacity for about 80,000 people. It was also the first international football stadium to be constructed in South Africa. For the 2010 FIFA World Cup the stadium, now known as Soccer City Stadium was upgraded. The amount of suites in the stadium has been increased from 99 to 184. The upper tier of Soccer City Stadium has been upgraded to increase seating capacity. The stadium is now able to house 94,700 people comfortably. An encircling roof, new changing room facilities and new floodlighting have also been added to the list of upgrades at Soccer City stadium. The ground’s new design resembles an African pot known as a calabash. Soccer City Stadium was the venue for the first mass rally for Nelson Mandela after he was released from prison in 1990. Thousands of mourners also lamented Chris Hani’s assassination at the stadium in 1993. In 1996 Soccer City hosted the CAF African Cup of Nations final in which South Africa beat Tunisia 2 – 0. Soccer City will host the opening match (South Africa vs Mexico) and the final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The atmosphere in this stadium promises to be very electric and vibrant.
The following matches will be played at Soccer City during the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
- 11 June 2010 – South Africa vs Mexico – Kickoff at 16:00
- 14 June 2010 – Denmark vs The Netherlands – Kickoff at 13:30
- 17 June 2010 – Argentina vs South Korea – Kickoff at 13:30
- 20 June 2010 – Brazil vs Cote D’Ivoire – Kickoff at 20:30
- 23 June 2010 – Ghana vs Germany – Kickoff at 20:30
- 27 June 2010 – Round of 16 Knockout match – Kickoff at 20:30
- 2 July 2010 – Quarter Final Match – Kickoff at 20:30
- 11 July 2010 – FIFA World Cup Final match – Kickoff at 20:30
Check out my previous post which covers the complete 2010 FIFA World Cup Match Schedule.