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Cape Town Stadium replaced an older, 18 000-seat facility that was demolished in 2007.
With Table Mountain behind it and the Atlantic Ocean in front, Cape Town Stadium is one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world, winning huge praise from top FIFA officials.
The stadium is now the home ground of the Ajax Cape Town football team and is set to host many international football and rugby events in the future.
Constructed at a cost of more than R4.5-billion, Cape Town Stadium hosted eight matches during the World Cup, under the name Green Point Stadium. These included the quarter-final in which Germany thrashed Argentina 4-0 and the semi-final in which The Netherlands beat Uruguay 3-2.
The 72 cables arranged like the spokes of a bicycle wheel, connecting to a steel compression ring that rests 34.5m above the pitch, adds visual spectacle. A glass roof covers the stands and bathes the stadium in natural light by day. At night, enhanced by pitch lighting, the effect evokes a burning ring of fire around the stadium.
The stadium now has a seating capacity of 55 000, but extra seats can be added for special events.
In addition to football and rugby matches, the stadium now hosts big musical acts like U2, Coldplay and Kings of Leon.
Facilities at the Cape Town stadium include 250 VIP suites, basement parking for 1 200 cars, a medical centre and police station, and four television studios. No less than 16 lifts ensure that fans have easy access to all 15 floors of the sports arena.
The Cape Town Stadium project created over 2 000 jobs for construction workers and upskilled some 1 179 artisans, the majority of whom were from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.