Cape Town - The National Stadium in Johannesburg will host the opening match, the semi-finals and the final should South Africa on November 15 be awarded the hosting rights to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The Springboks versus All Blacks game at the National Stadium in 2010 was played out in front of a South African rugby record crowd of 94 000.
The All Blacks won a dramatic match in the final play of the game.
The Springboks have played the All Blacks twice at the National Stadium. The venue was also used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.
South Africa, Ireland and France's World Cup bids have been independently assessed, according to a weighted scorecard and the strongest technical and commercial bid will be given as a recommendation to World Rugby's Executive.
However, a vote by World Rugby's General Council on November 15 will determine the winning bidder.
South Africa's bid is focused on a seven city/eight stadium master plan, aimed at showcasing the country's best stadia and also the country's most renowned tourism spots.
Here’s a breakdown of the cities, their track record to host big events, and the world class stadiums in each city, four of which meet World Rugby's requirements to host a World Cup final:
Home to the annual 94.7 Cycle Tour, the world’s second-largest timed cycle race, with 20,000 to 30,000 participants.
In the business arena, Johannesburg hosted the World Summit on Sustainable Development, providing the 65 000 delegates, thousands of journalists, and more than 100 heads of state with the security and hospitality commensurate with this globally significant convention.
The National Stadium will host the tournament opening match, pool matches, semi-finals and final. This spectacular stadium was host to the final and opening matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, and has the capacity to host the largest crowd ever to attend a Rugby World Cup final or semi-final match.
Ellis Park Stadium has been the site of numerous significant milestones in South African sporting history, with the most memorable being the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final, where South Africa recorded its first major international sporting achievement after years of isolation. Ellis Park will host the bronze final and pool matches.
Sports enthusiasts flock to the city for the Two Oceans Marathon, named the world’s most beautiful marathon, with over 27 000 runners participating. Cyclists have their pick of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world’s largest individually time cycle race annually attracting 35 0000 participants and the Absa Cape Epic, a globally revered multi-stage mountain biking race, considered the ‘Tour de France of mountain biking’.
Cape Town Stadium
Cape Town Stadium will host two quarter-finals and pool matches.
Home of the internationally renowned Comrades Marathon, this road race of 89 km is the world’s largest and oldest ultra-marathon, and attracts entrants from more than 60 countries. Other well-known events include the Vodacom July, a premier horse race hosting over 50 000 spectators, the Top Gear motoring festival attracting 60 000 attendees each year, and the Midmar Mile, a 1.6 km swim recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest open-water
swimming event, with 13 755 participants.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
With its iconic ‘arch of triumph’, the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban is an engineering feat that provides the city with a defining landmark. Moses Mabhida Stadium will host quarter-finals and pool matches.
Nelson Mandela Bay
The Ironman African Championship is successfully hosted in the Bay annually; this full international triathlon event attracts 2,800 athletes, including 700 international and 73 professional athletes, and is hosting the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
The Stadium regularly hosts international rugby Tests, having since 2011 hosted the Springboks versus All Blacks, England and Ireland.
Previously known as Nelspruit, this city is located on the Crocodile River. The Innibos Arts Festival draws more than 100 000 visitors annually.
Located in the Big 5 animal safari region, Mbombela boasts a stunning stadium that is famed for its trademark zebra-patterned seating area, and roof-support columns that resemble
Giraffe standing watch over spectators.
Bloemfontein is well experienced in hosting large-scale sport, cultural and agricultural events, including the nine-day MACUFE Festival, the biggest, most culturally diverse showcase of African Arts and Culture in the world.
It’s Time! was a 2017 religious festival attracting over 1 000 000 visitors of all races and cultures to the area, where 29 big screens and sound systems stretching more than 1.4 km were used to broadcast the event.
Free State Stadium
The stadium was upgraded for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ . It also hosts Springbok Tests annually.
The Government’s strategic plan for 2015–2020 is to position Gauteng as the home of competitive sport, with one of the key pillars of this plan to host to host major international sport events that will contribute to socio-economic objectives.
Home to the Blue Bulls, the stadium hosts Springbok Test matches annually and was used in FIFA 2010 World Cup.