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Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein

2010-05-06 17:09
Where it is
Central Bloemfontein, Free State Province

Getting there by public transport:
The transport system will comprise of coordinated public transport network, metered taxis, tourism and charter services, vehicle rentals and other services for passengers with special needs.

Public transport will operate for extended hours, and will be supplemented by additional event transport services. In addition, the ticketing system will allow multiple trips across a range of transport services.

Driving directions and parking options:
Two Park & Ride sites will be operational, namely at the Bloemfontein Showgrounds/Builders Warehouse parking areas in Curie Avenue and at the Baptist Church off Nelson Mandela Drive extension west of the N1 freeway.

These sites are conveniently located for private vehicles to park in a secure environment and for spectators to then be transported in a free shuttle service to the stadium and back.

The hours of operation will be from 4 hours before kick-off until 3 hours after the completion of the match. The shuttle service to and from the stadium will be provided free of charge to spectators, with parking also provided free of charge in a secure environment.

45 000

Match Schedule

14 June - 16:00          Group E          Japan      v    Cameroon     

17 June - 16:00          Group B          Greece     v    Nigeria     

20 June - 13:30          Group F          Slovaki     v    Paraguay     

22 June - 16:00          Group A          France     v    South Africa     

25 June - 20:30          Group H          Switzerland    v    Honduras     

27 June - 16:00          Round of 16   1D    v    2C   

Full World Cup Fixtures
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About the Stadium
The stadium is the home of the Free State Cheetahs and Bloemfontein Celtic. In recent years, it has played host to the 2006 and 2007 Currie Cup Finals, and USA’s unlikely victory against the European Champions and number one ranked team in the World, Spain, who had also been unbeaten for 35 games.

The stadium was given a plush new look for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and upgraded from a capacity of 38,000 to 45,000 during the refurbishments. The stadium has hosted numerous major football and rugby union matches, and Bloemfontein's locals are renowned for their passion for sport. While the former played second fiddle to the latter for decades, football's popularity explosion - aided by the emergence of Bloemfontein Celtic - is changing this. The Celtic fans are known as Siwelele, a Sotho term.

Nearby attractions
Bloemfontein Waterfront at Loch Logan, Mangaung Township tours, Naval Hill views and Nature Reserve.

Pubs, nightlife and restaurants in the area:
Mystic Boer is a great local haunt, or try Jazztime in the Waterfront for great atmosphere.

Accommodation in the area:

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