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BBuilt in 1987 and originally known as National Stadium SA, this stadium has three decades of history and heritage associated with its name. The stadium has been the venue of both delight and sorrow, hosting several landmark events in the history of South Africa. The stadium goes by various other names, the best known of which are the FNB Stadium, Soccer City and the Calabash (after its iconic shape).
The FNB Stadium is located in Nasrec, near Johannesburg’s Soweto. This iconic 94 736-seater stadium is the largest venue in South Africa, and was the main stadium for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. It needed to undergo major renovations to accommodate tens of thousands of football fans and players from around the world.
IIts rounded shape was inspired by calabashes, which are traditional African pots. The cladding resembles intricate mosaics that represent fire and earth, while the lighting that encircles the base of the stadium mirrors the flames of a fire burning under the "pot". The stadium facilities include executive suites, wheelchair access, 184 hospitality suites, parking for 15 000 cars, as well as underground parking for 4000 VIP vehicles.
FNB stadium (Mandela Funeral)
TThe multi-purpose FNB Stadium also offers a variety of smaller venue options for corporate and private events, as well as live music concerts. Many international artists have performed at the stadium including U2, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rihanna.
The stadium has been the centre of historic events, starting with the first iconic speech from former President Nelson Mandela in 1990. This took place a few days after he was released from prison, where he served 27 years. It was also the site of Chris Hani's funeral service and the venue for the 1996 CAF Africa Cup of Nations finals.
OOn 10 December 2013, FNB Stadium was the venue where more than 90 world leaders gathered together for the memorial service of Nelson Mandela. Speeches were rendered by United States President Barack Obama, President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, China's Vice-President Li Yuanchao, President Raúl Castro Ruz of Cuba and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the memorial service.
This is not just a stadium it is a place of celebration, mourning, arts, culture, history and triumph.
South Africans are a diverse mix of peoples from Africa, Europe, Asia and elsewhere, and the many museums scattered around the country preserve rich histories, heritages and cultural traditions.
South Africa is a country of rich religious diversity, protected by the Constitution, so explore sacred architecture and spiritual traditions at our many historic places of worship.
Wits Art Museum – part of the University of the Witwatersrand – houses an African art collection that was started in the 1920s and includes masks, photographs, paintings and more.
There are many well-known historic and contemporary art works on display in art museums and galleries in each of South Africa's 9 provinces, with many important permanent art collections centred in the country's major cities.
National Stadium in Soweto, which was known as ‘Soccer City’ during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, is available for tours. Because of massive demand, however, you will need to book ahead to secure your trip around the famous sporting venue. Tours, which last up to 90 minutes, are available on Thursdays. 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.
House 8115, Vilakazi Street, Orlando, Soweto, has become one of the most famous addresses in South Africa. It is the house where former South African President Nelson Mandela lived, on and off, for more than 14 years.
Liliesleaf Farm was for many years a meeting place and hide-out for top African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party (SACP) personnel – it is now a museum.
Explore SA’s natural heritage and history at Gauteng’s new Sisulu Circle located at The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. It’s truly beautiful.