The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ brought South Africa to the attention of global football fans. The tournament opened and finished at the National Stadium in Soweto, which hosted some memorable moments. Visit the stadium and relive these moments.

Did you know?

Spain lifted the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time after their win against the Netherlands in the final of the 2010  tournament in Soweto.

National Stadium in Soweto, which was known as "Soccer City" during the 2010 FIFA World CupTM, is available for tours. Because of massive demand, however, you will need to book ahead to ensure your trip around the famous sporting venue.

Tours, which last up to 90 minutes, are available seven days a week, with four tours on each weekday, and two tours on Saturdays and Sundays. During the tour, guests will visit the exclusive VIP suites, change rooms, warm-up areas, players' tunnel, the pitch, and upper sections of the stands.

With 94 000 seats, the vivid orange National Stadium, which is shaped like a traditional African pot − a calabash − is the largest stadium in Africa and one of the largest in the world, in capacity.

Because it staged the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM, National Stadium is an iconic sporting landmark known to billions of people around the world.

The stadium hosted the final of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM, in which Spain beat the Netherlands to claim its first title. National Stadium also hosted the controversial quarter-final between Ghana and Uruguay, the Round of 16 match between Argentina and Mexico, as well as 6 group matches.

During the first World Cup match to be played on African soil, Siphiwe Tshabalala scored an outstanding goal, helping South Africa claim a surprise draw with highly-ranked Mexico.

National Stadium also serves as a rugby venue and was where Springbok captain, John Smit, played his 100th international match.

Sports fans who visit Gauteng province should take the time to explore this structure. For those who didn't get the chance to be in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World CupTM, a tour of National Stadium will bring back memories of the epic matches they watched on television.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

National Stadium
Tel: +27 (0)11 247 5300

How to get here

National Stadium in Soweto is located along Nasrec Road. From the N1, take the Nasrec off-ramp and follow the signs.

Tours to do

Soweto is the largest township in South Africa and offers many township tours, by bus, by foot and even by bicycle.

What will it cost

Tickets are R80 per person for groups of 10 or less, or R70 per person for groups of more than 10 people.

What to eat

Catering is offered at National Stadium, but needs to be pre-arranged.

Best buys

There is a souvenir shop at National Stadium that is well stocked with memorabilia.

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