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The Royal Bafokeng Stadium is the only community-owned football stadium in South Africa.
After a massive R360-million upgrade, the 42 000-seat Royal Bafokeng Stadium proved its mettle when it hosted some of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup games.
This Rustenburg sports stadium is located 15km outside the football-crazy town in the Phokeng village. The multi-purpose sports facility also contains an athletics track, Olympic-size swimming pool, a fitness centre and facilities for tennis, netball, volleyball and basketball.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ stadium also boasts hospitality suites to accommodate 320 VIPs, an excellent pitch, state-of-the-art public address system, and a giant 40m² screen to ensure fans don't miss any big-match action. It also features fan-friendly seating, floodlights and electronic scoreboards. Five first-round matches and one second-round match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ were held at the stadium.
Rustenburg benefited from various infrastructure improvements prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ which included the upgrade of national and local roads to the venue, providing football supporters with ease of access.
The Royal Bafokeng Stadium was developed by the Bafokeng community, which holds a share in the North West province's platinum mines, some of the richest in the world. Opened in 1999, it is the home ground to the local Premier Soccer League (PSL) team, the Platinum Stars.
The stadium also regularly hosts rugby matches, serving as the home ground of the Leopards.
Rustenburg, meaning 'town of rest', is a short drive away from the glitzy Sun City resort and its neighbouring Big Five Pilanesberg Game Reserve.