Soccer World Cup 2010

 

Ellis Park Stadium / Coca Cola Park (Johannesburg)

 

Previously known as the Ellis Park Stadium, the Coca Cola Park is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa. Adjoining the Ellis Park stadium is a crime-infested suburb called Bertrams. The Ellis Park Stadium was named after Johannesburg City Council's Mr JD Ellis who made the initial area for the stadium available.

Fixtures

These are the matches which were played at the Ellis Park Stadium during the Fifa World Cup 2010:

12 Jun

15 Jun
20h30

18 Jun

21 Jun
20h30

24 Jun
16h00

29 Jun
20h30

3 Jul
20h30

Argentina 1
v
Nigeria 0

Brazil 2
v
North Korea 1

Slovenia 2
v
USA
2

Spain 2
v
Honduras 0

Slovakia 3
v
Italy 2

Spain 1
v
Portuga 0

Spain 1
v
Paraguay 0

Getting there

To get to Johannesburg to watch a match at Ellis Park Satdium, one would usually fly in. There are 2 options for booking flights to Johannesburg :

Once on the ground, here's a map centred on Ellis Park Stadium to give you an idea of how to get there:


Ellis Park Photos
Adjustments for Soccer World Cup 2010

Ellis Park Stadium will host one of the semi-finals of the Soccer World Cup 2010, for which its capacity will be upgraded by another 10 000 to create a total of 70 000 seats (capacity before upgrade was 59,611). New upper tiers will be added behind each of the goals.

Railway stations

The Doornfontein and Ellis Park railway stations will be upgraded. A 20 metre-wide subway at the Ellis Park Station is to be constructed at a cost of over R26-million.

Security

With the use of CCTV cameras and enhanced lighting, it is planned to improveme security.

Crime in the area

Police make an average of 60 arrests each day in the Hillbrow neighborhood around Ellis Park.

Usual use

Ellis Park is home to the Lions, the Cats and Kaizer Chiefs Football Club. It is also the premier concert venue in South Africa.

History

22 July 2006

A night match at Ellis Park between Orlando Pirates and ASEC Mimosa was stopped for approximately 30 minutes when the lights on the west side of the stadium blacked out. There are mercury vapour bulbs on the lights and within the bulbs is a filament that takes time to heat up - that filament needs to cool down before the bulbs can be lighted again.

19 July 2006

Ellis Park Stadium (Pty) Ltd, the corporate firm that owns Ellis Park stadium, entered into a Black Economic Empowerment with Orlando Pirates. The deal means that Ellis Park Stadium (Pty) Ltd has a 51 per cent black ownership, which will in future manage the property. The BEE consortium comprises Pirates and the internationally affiliated company, Interza-Lešego. Ellis Park Stadium (Pty) Ltd currently holds management contracts for the Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg Athletic Stadium and Standard Bank Arena.

11 April 2001

On Wednesday, 11th April 2001, during a league match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, 43 soccer fans died (and about 250 were injured) at Ellis Park stadium from being crushed, as the stadium is filled beyond capacity by fans forcing their way through perimeter security and into the packed ground. Reports suggest that 120 000 fans were admitted into the 60 000 capacity stadium. It was the worst sporting accident in South African history. Click here to see the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the 11 April 2001 Ellis Park disaster.

24 June 1995

Ellis Park Stadium was the venue of the Rugby World Cup final, where South Africa beat New Zealand during extra time (with Nelson Mandela present).

May 1994

South Africa's Bafana Bafana scored a 2-1 win over Zambia in May, 1994. Nelson Mandela famously flew by helicopter into the stadium at half-time and Bafana Bafana immediately scored two goals after the break.

1987

Ellis Park Stadium was listed on the stock exchange.

1984

Ellis Park Stadium was placed under the management of a trust.

1982

The new Ellis Park Stadium was completed.

31 March 1979

The old Ellis Park Stadium was demolished, to make way for a new stadium.

1955

A record crowd of 95 000 attended the match between South Africa and the British Lions.

June 1928

The first test at Ellis Park Stadium was played between Transvaal and the All Blacks.

1928

After 8 months of building, the stadium is completed in 1928, on 13 acres of land. The cost of the grass was £600 and a £5 000 loan from the city council was granted.

10 October 1927

The final rental agreement was signed for the ground, which was being used as a rubbish dump.

References

28 July 2006

Goal-Oriented: South Africa Hopes World Cup Kick-Starts Job Growth

23 July 2006

Lights going out at Ellis Park

19 July 2006

New deal to boost Ellis Park precinct

19 July 2006

'Bucs', Ellis Park in BEE deal

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