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The Fifa World Cup 2010 South Africa Venues

1-Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Capacity: 50,000.
Altitude: 1,363 meters (4,457 feet)
High winter temperature: 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) and as low as 4 degrees C (39.2 degrees F) at night.
Matches: Serbia vs Ghana on June 13; South Africa vs Uruguay on June 16; Cameroon vs Denmark on June 19; United States vs Algeria on June 23; Chile vs Spain on June 25; and one second round match.
Population of city: 2.3 million.

One of the country’s oldest, has been revamped and has a capacity of 50,000. It is the home of two of South Africa’s big soccer teams, the Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United, as well the Blue Bulls rugby club. Six matches will be played here.

2-Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg

Capacity: 45,000
Altitude: 1,500 meters (4,905 feet). High winter temperature: 16 degrees Celsius (60.8 degrees Fahrenheit) and as low as 2 degrees C (35.6 degrees F) at night.
Matches: England vs United States on June 12; New Zealand vs Slovakia on June 15; Ghana vs Australia on June 19; Mexico vs Uruguay on June 22; Denmark vs Japan on June 24; and one second round match.
Population of city: 4,00,000.

The ROYAL BAFOKENG stadium is named after the people of the area, who are one of Africa’s richest tribes because of platinum. It has a capacity of 42,000. Six matches to be played here. The stadium, home of the Platinum Stars premier league soccer club, is situated in Phokeng, the Bafokeng capital, with modern sports facilities and training fields built by the king, Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi.

3-Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane

Capacity: 45,000
Altitude: 1,310 meters (4,283 feet)
High winter temperature: 20 degrees Celsius (69 degrees Fahrenheit) and as low as 4 degrees C (39.2 degrees F) at night.
Matches: Algeria vs Slovenia on June 13; France vs Mexico on June 17; Greece vs Argentina on June 22; and Paraguay vs New Zealand on June 24.
Population of city: 5,08,000.

PETER MOKABA stadium, next to an old rugby arena, has been newly built with a capacity of 45,000 and will host four matches. The corner support pillars have been built to resemble baobab trees. Critics say Nelspruit and Polokwane stadiums, far from the footballing centre of South Africa and with no premier league team to host, will be expensive white elephants and the money should have been spent to improve conditions for the poor. Both regions have been hit by violent protests against failure to deliver basic services to the black population 16 years after the end of apartheid.

4-Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Capacity: 46,000
Altitude: 660 meters (2,158 feet)
High winter temperature: 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 degrees Fahrenheit) and as low as 20 degrees C (69 degrees F) at night.
Matches: Honduras vs Chile on June 16; Italy vs New Zealand on June 20; Australia vs Serbia on June 23; and North Korea vs Ivory Coast on June 25.
Population of city: 21,541.

The first international-standard stadium in the province, has an atmospheric setting, nestling in low hills, with 18 orange roof supports resembling giraffes. But construction has been dogged by controversy and scandal, including the murder of a local council politician who blew the whistle on alleged graft. Residents of a run-down township next to the stadium also clashed with police last year in protests over failure to replace schools displaced by the construction and broken promises to deliver electricity, water and other services. Capacity 46,000. Four matches to be played here.

5-Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

Capacity: 45,000.
Altitude: 1,400 meters (4,578 feet)
High winter temperature: 17 degrees Celsius (62 degrees Fahrenheit) and as low as -2 degrees C (28 degrees F) at night
Matches: Japan vs Cameroon on June 14; Greece vs Nigeria on June 17; Slovakia vs Paraguay on June 20; France vs South Africa on June 22; Switzerland vs Honduras on June 25; and one second round match.
Population of city: 8,50,000

It is one of the smaller venues, being upgraded to a capacity of 45,000 and until recently better known for its Cheetahs rugby team. Fans of the Bloemfontein Celtics soccer club, who play here and wear a similar strip to their Scottish namesakes, are known as some of the country’s most enthusiastic and noisy supporters. Six matches to be played here.

6-Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Capacity: 48,000
Altitude: Zero meters.
High winter temperature: 20 degrees Celsius (69 degrees Fahrenheit) and as low as 9 degrees C (48 degrees F) at night.
Matches: South Korea vs Greece on June 12; Ivory Coast vs Portugal on June 15; Germany vs Serbia on June 18; Chile vs Switzerland on June 21; Slovenia vs England on June 23; one second round match; one quarterfinal match; and the third-place playoff.
Population of city: 1 million.

It is the city’s first international football venue and has been built on the end of a lake with a beautiful white roof resembling flower petals. The stadium is a bowl, like traditional English football arenas, and is sure to generate plenty of atmosphere and noise. Capacity 48,000. Will host eight matches including the third-place playoff.

7-Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

Capacity: 70,000.
Altitude: Zero meters. High winter temperature: 25 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit) and as low as 16 degrees C (62 degrees F) at night.
Matches: Germany vs Australia on June 13; Spain vs Switzerland on June 16; Netherlands vs Japan on June 19; Nigeria vs South Korea on June 22; Portugal vs Brazil on June 25; one second round match; and one semifinal match.
Population of city: 3 million.

It is the most spectacular new World Cup stadium with gleaming white concrete sails and a 100-metre arch soaring above the roof. A “sky train” and two vertiginous walkways reach the top for a view of the Indian Ocean. The arches are in the Y-shape of South Africa’s flag symbolising the unity of a once-divided nation. Capacity: 70,000. Seven matches, including a semi-final, to be played here.

8-Soccer City, Johannesburg

Capacity: 90,000.
Altitude: 1,753 meters (5,732 feet).
High winter temperature: 24 degrees Celsius (76 degrees Fahrenheit) and as low as 2 degrees C (36 degrees F) at night.
Matches: South Africa vs Mexico on June 11; Netherlands vs Denmark on June 14; Argentina vs South Korea on June 17; Brazil vs Ivory Coast on June 20; Ghana vs Germany on June 23; one second round match; one quarterfinal match; and the final.
Population of city: 3.2 million.

Originally built in the 1980s, this stadium has been extensively redeveloped into a spectacular venue, covered in brown tiles and shaped to resemble a calabash or African pot. It will be the biggest stadium in Africa with a capacity of around 90,000 and will host both the opening match and final.

Mandela’s first mass rally after his release from 27 years of jail in 1990 was at Soccer City.

9-Ellis Park, Johannesburg

Capacity: 62,000
Altitude: 1,753 meters (5,732 feet).
High winter temperature: 24 degrees Celsius (76 degrees Fahrenheit) and as low as 2 degrees C (36 degrees F) at night.
Matches: Argentina vs Nigeria on June 12; Brazil vs North Korea on June 15; Slovenia vs United States on June 18; Spain vs Honduras on June 21; Slovakia vs Italy on June 24; one second round match; and one quarterfinal match.
Population of city: 3.2 million.

This 28-year-old stadium, upgraded to hold 62,000 people, was the site of South Africa’s victory over New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup finals, memorialised in the Clint Eastwood film Invictus .

A famous rugby stadium first built in 1928 and reconstructed in 1982, it has been upgraded. Used for finals of the 1995 rugby World Cup, when Mandela’s appearance in a Springbok jersey to support the winning national team had a profound impact in winning over the country’s reluctant whites a year after the end of apartheid. Seven matches, including a quarter-final.

10-Green Point Stadium, Cape Town

Capacity: 70,000.
Altitude: Zero meters.
High winter temperature: 25 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit) and 12 degrees C (54 degrees F) at night.
Matches: Uruguay vs France on June 11; Italy vs Paraguay on June 14; England vs Algeria on June 18; Portugal vs North Korea on June 21; Cameroon vs Netherlands on June 24; one second round match; one quarterfinal match; and one semifinal match.
Population of city: 1.3 million.

The new GREEN POINT stadium, shaped like a graceful Victorian bath, has been built on a former suburban golf course. Various disputes including objections from residents and environmental groups held up construction but it is now completed and will have the most spectacular World Cup location, between Table Mountain and the sea. Capacity 70,000. Eight matches will be played here, including a semi-final. Weather could be windy and wet for the tournament.

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