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SSuccessfully hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ was a 6 year long journey. . Hearteningly, SA defied all global sceptics who raised alarms before the event about the readiness of the country’s infrastructure to deliver on an event of this magnitude.
From Cape Town’s stunningly located Green Point Stadium to the daring of Durban’s Moses Mabhida arch and the scale of the award-winning Soccer City, standing alone on the outskirts of Soweto - each of the 10 stadiums, roaring with the ubiquitous honk of the vuvuzela (plastic horn), provided a fitting and world-class stage for the first African football world cup.
FFNB Stadium (Soccer City): SA’s proud global colossal
Standing boldly and beautifully in the sprawling township of Soweto, the calabash-shaped FNB Stadium has played host to many momentous occasions in the country’s history.
As the largest venue in South Africa, it was only fitting that this iconic 87 436-seater staged the first and last matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the 1996 African Cup of Nations final, Nelson Mandela’s memorial service and several other high profile and sporting events.
In case you’re still not clear how massive this stadium actually is, Lady Gaga has performed here.
EEmirates Airline Park (Ellis Park Stadium): Host to SA’s numerous significant milestones
After hosting the historic 1995 Rugby World Cup, Ellis Park Stadium, which boasts a total capacity of 60 000 people, has become one of the country’s go-to stadia for large-scale events, including music concerts and international football matches.
One of which was the FIFA Confederations Cup final in 2009 – a year before hosting a number of international matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
Loftus Versfeld Stadium: The sporting heart of SA
Sponsorships have come and gone, but Pretoria’s landmark Loftus Versfeld Stadium has resisted all attempts at name changes, and stubbornly remains good old Loftus.
Some of the world’s entertainment greats, from Pavarotti to UB40, and Celine Dion to Robbie Williams, have graced the pitch, belting spectacular concerts out into the night, but first and foremost, Loftus is an iconic sporting ground.