Soccer City in Johannesburg

2010-05-06 17:09
Where it is
Southwest Johannesburg, near Soweto

360 Degree view from the Pitch

Getting there by public transport:
As part of the upgrades to the area, the Stadium precinct will have a fully functional transport hub, including a railway station. Besides the rail station, the transport hub will have taxi, Bus Rapid Transport and rail drop off and pick up points. All transport will run from various locations within the city centre.

Driving directions and parking options:
Parking in Johannesburg will be available at the Coca Cola Dome, Wits West Campus, Bezuidenhout Valley Park.

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Match Schedule
11 June - 16:00         Group A            South Africa    v     Mexico     

14 June - 13:30         Group E            Netherlands      v     Denmark  

17 June - 13:30         Group B            Argentina         v     Korea Republic  

20 June - 20:30         Group G            Brazil                v     Côte d'Ivoire  

23 June - 20:30         Group D            Ghana               v     Germany  

27 June - 20:30         Round of 16           1B         v     2A  

02 July - 20:30          Quarterfinals           W49      v     W50  

11 July - 20:30          Final                        W61      v     W62

Full World Cup Fixtures

About the Stadium
One of the most artistic and awe-inspiring football venues on the African continent, the newly-reconstructed Soccer City Stadium will host the first and final matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

The ground's design is inspired by the iconic African pot known as the calabash, and its aesthetic appeal will be heightened when the stadium is lit at night. Soccer City is located in Johannesburg's southwest and is only a short distance from one of the country's football-crazy townships, Soweto. About 40 per cent of Johannesburg's population live in Soweto and this proximity is bound to make the stadium a hub of activity throughout the 2010 finals.

The stadium is widely regarded as the heart of football in South Africa as it has hosted many important matches through history. In the mid 1980s, officials came together to build the first international football stadium in the country and the construction was funded from the football fraternity's coffers. Soccer City hosted the first mass rally of Nelson Mandela after his release from prison in 1990. Thousands of mourners lamented Chris Hani's assassination at the stadium in 1993. It was also the venue for the 1996 CAF African Cup of Nations final, with South Africa eventually triumphing 2-0 over Tunisia.

The original stadium, which was known as the FNB Stadium, had a capacity of 80,000. Upgrades involved extending the upper tier to increase the capacity to 94,700; adding 99 more suites to bring the number to 184; constructing an encircling roof; adding new changing room facilities and installing new floodlighting.

Nearby attractions
Soweto, full of history, culture and a must for all wanting an authentic South African experience.

Pubs, nightlife and restaurants in the area
Wandie’s Place, Soweto for great food

Accommodation in the area:

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