Spend a day visting the three most famous sport stadiums within the Gauteng Province.These stadiums are world-class arenas for hosting the soccer world cup events during 2010.
Loftus Versfeld is one of South Africa's top stadiums with a seating capacity for 50 000 people, and is situated in Pretoria (Tshwane), 5 kilometres from the city centre. It is one of the 2010 FIFA World Cup venues and five first-round matches and one second-round match were be hosted here. This stadium is home to Mamelodi Sundowns, the Blue Bulls Currie Cup rugby team and the Bulls Super 14 rugby squad.
Loftus stadium was named after Mr. Robert Owen Loftus Versed, the founder of organised sports in Pretoria, a man committed to the task of uplifting sport in South Africa.
The floodlights, sound system and scoreboards at the stadium had to be upgraded to qualify for selection as a first and second round venue for the FIFA soccer world cup later this year. Designated media areas were constructed in the lower level of the west stand.
Ellis Park Stadium, also known as Emirates Airline Park, is located in the centre of Johannesburg and has hosted many epic sporting events including the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup between Brazil and the United States. The ground was given a significant face-lift before the Confederations Cup finals and now seats 55,686.
Ellis Park was first built in 1928 as a rugby union stadium. It was demolished and rebuilt in 1982, again exclusively for rugby. It was named after JD Ellis, a Johannesburg city councilor who approved the use of the land for a stadium, setting aside a full 13 acres.
The ground will always occupy a special place in the hearts of the country's sporting fans after the South African rugby team shocked New Zealand to lift the 1995 Rugby World Cup trophy soon after being allowed back onto the world sporting stage. It was a moment that brought the people of South Africa together in celebration as the iconic scenes of Nelson Mandela holding aloft the trophy at Ellis Park were beamed around the world.
FNB Stadium – Soccer City - This iconic 94 736-seater is the largest venue in South Africa and the country’s proud global colossal located in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg.
The unique design of FNB Stadium is highly regarded internationally, and is often fondly referred to as the “Calabash” or “African Pot” after being reconstructed to the tune of R3.3 billion in time for the first ever African World Cup in 2010.
Previously known as Soccer City, the stadia has been the centre of historic events, starting with the first speech from former President Nelson Mandela in 1990, a few days after being released from prison where he served 27 years.
The venue has hosted the biggest sports and music events this country has ever seen, including the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup ™. The continental Africa Cup of Nations final in 2013 was also played at the stadium.
FNB Stadium regularly takes centre stage to full houses for domestic and international football matches. It is a preferred podium of choice for the Soweto derby that involves two South African Premier Soccer League football giants, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
International rugby test clashes and the biggest global music superstars, including U2, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber have also featured here to record attendances.
FNB Stadium is, and has been, the go-to platform for other major events in the country, including the funeral of political activist Chris Hani in 1993 and the moving memorial service tribute to Mandela in 2013.
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