South Africa 2010 Stadiums

South Africa built five new stadiums for the World Cup finals, and renovated five others, spending billions of dollars to make sure that all 10 meet the highest standards required by FIFA, while giving the players, spectators in the stands, and the millions of fans at home the best experience possible. Built using top architecture models and techniques, these stadiums all meet contemporary standards of safety, comfort, accessibility, and environmentally sound design.

Free State Stadium - Bloemfontein

Free State Stadium - Bloemfontein
  • Built: 1952
  • Renovated: 2008
  • Capacity: 45058
  • Matches:

    14th June: Japan – Cameroon 17th June: Greece – Nigeria 20th June: Slovakia – Paraguay 22nd June: France – South Africa 25th June: Switzerland – Honduras 27th June: Round of 16

Did You Know:

The city of Bloemfontein is known for having the most fanatical football fans in the country, most of whom support the local side Celtic. Teams that played in the Free State Stadium in the 2009 Confederation Cup appreciated its great English-like atmosphere.

Loftus Versfeld Stadium – Pretoria

Loftus Versfeld Stadium – Pretoria
  • Built: 1906
  • Renovated: 2008
  • Capacity: 49365
  • Matches:

    13th June: Serbia – Ghana 16th June: South Africa – Uruguay 19th June: Cameroon – Denmark 23rd June: USA – Algeria 25th June: Chile – Spain 29th June: Round of 16

Did You Know:

As one of the oldest sports grounds in South Africa, Loftus Versfeld Stadium has hosted hundreds of football and rugby matches, including the Rugby World Cup in 1955. South Africa’s national team achieved its first ever victory over a European side at this venue - a 1-0 win against Sweden in 1999.

Royal Bafokeng Stadium – Rustenburg

Royal Bafokeng Stadium – Rustenburg
  • Built: 1999
  • Renovated: 2010
  • Capacity: 44530
  • Matches:

    12th June: England – USA 15th June: Slovakia – New Zealand 19th June: Ghana – Australia 22nd June: Mexico – Uruguay 24th June: Denmark – Japan 26th June: Round of 16

Did You Know:

Also known as The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, the original construction of this stadium was completely funded by the Royal Bafokeng Nation, who in 1999 won the legal rights to 20% of the income from platinum mined on their land.

Soccer City Stadium – Johannesburg

Soccer City Stadium – Johannesburg
  • Built: 1987
  • Renovated: 2009
  • Capacity: 94700
  • Matches:

    11th June: South Africa – Mexico
    14th June: Netherlands – Denmark
    17th June: Argentina – South Korea
    20th June: Brazil – Ivory Coast
    23rd June: Germany – Ghana
    27th June: Round of 16
    2nd July: Quarter Finals
    11th July: Final

Did You Know:

Locally inspired, the outside of Soccer City Stadium is designed to resemble a traditional African pot. Nelson Mandela held his first mass rally here, after his release from prison in 1990.

Moses Mabhida Stadium – Durban

Moses Mabhida Stadium – Durban
  • Built: 2010
  • Renovated:
  • Capacity: 69957
  • Matches:

    13th June: Germany – Australia
    16th June: Spain – Switzerland
    19th June: Netherlands – Japan
    22nd June Nigeria – South Korea
    25th June: Brazil – Portugal
    28th June: Round of 16
    7th July: Semi-finals

Did You Know:

This stadium, named after Moses Mabhida, the leader of the South African Communist Party from 1978 until his death in 1985, has a 350m long/105m high span arch to hold up its massive roof.

Green Point Stadium – Cape Town

Green Point Stadium – Cape Town
  • Built: 2010
  • Renovated:
  • Capacity: 66005
  • Matches:

    11th June: Uruguay – France
    14th June: Italy – Paraguay
    18th June: England – Algeria
    21st June: Portugal – Korea DPR
    24th June: Netherlands – Cameroon
    29th June: Round of 16
    3rd July: Quarter-finals
    6th July: Semi-finals

Did You Know:

An environmentally friendly stadium, this venue was designed to match strict green demands regarding reusability of resources and light pollution. It is surrounded by a 60 hectare urban park.

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium – Port Elisabeth

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium – Port Elisabeth
  • Built: 2010
  • Renovated:
  • Capacity: 46082
  • Matches:

    2th June: South Korea – Greece
    15th June: Ivory Coast – Portugal
    18th June: Germany – Serbia
    21st June: Chile – Switzerland
    23rd June: Slovenia – England
    26th June: Round of 16
    2nd July: Quarter-finals
    10th July: 3RD Place Match

Did You Know:

The unique roof of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is made up of a series of white petals to give it the appearance of a wave or a flower, hence the nickname “The Sunflower”.

Ellis Park (Coca Cola Park) - Johannesburg

Ellis Park (Coca Cola Park) - Johannesburg
  • Built: 1928
  • Renovated: 2009
  • Capacity: 61639
  • Matches:

    12th June: Argentina – Nigeria
    15th June: Brazil – Korea DPR
    18th June: Slovenia – USA
    21st June: Spain – Honduras
    24th June: Slovakia – Italy
    28th June: Round of 16
    3rd July: Quarter-finals

Did You Know:

 Ellis Park hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup final in which South Africa defeated New Zealand in one of the country’s most memorable moments. Nelson Mandela’s image, presenting the trophy to captain Francois Pienaar, is one of the most famous sports photos of all time.

Mbombela Stadium – Nelspruit

Mbombela Stadium – Nelspruit
  • Built: 2010
  • Renovated:
  • Capacity: 43589
  • Matches:

    16th June: Honduras – Chile
    20th June: Italy – New Zealand
    23rd June: Australia – Serbia
    25th June: Ivory Coast – Korea DPR

Did You Know:

One of the new venues built especially for the World Cup 2010, this is a rather literally named stadium as Mbombela means ‘many people gathered together in a small space’ in Siswati (one of the 11 official languages of South Africa).

Peter Mokaba Stadium – Polokwane

Peter Mokaba Stadium – Polokwane
  • Built: 2010
  • Renovated:
  • Capacity: 45264
  • Matches:

    13th June: Algeria – Slovenia
    17th June: France – Mexico
    22nd June: Greece – Argentina
    24th June: Paraguay – New Zealand

Did You Know:

This stadium is named after Peter Mokaba, one of the most courageous and best-known fighters against the apartheid regime, who was born and bred in the host city Polokwane.