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Soccer City Stadium (Johannesburg)

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Soccer City Stadium is situated in Diepkloof near Nasrec, Johannesburg, some 10 kilometres to the south-west of the city centre (and close to the old west reef gold mines.). The stadium is the flagship venue for the Soccer World Cup 2010, and it will be hosting both the opening match and the final. Soccer City Stadium is the largest in Africa. The stadium is also known as FNB Stadium (First National Bank stadium). It is situated close to Ellis Park Stadium.

Match schedule & results

These are the Fifa World Cup matches being played at Soccer City Stadium:

11 Jun
16h00

14 Jun
13h30

17 Jun
20h30

20 Jun
20h30

23 Jun
20h30

27 Jun
20h30

2 Jul
20h30

11 Jul, 20h30

SA 1
v
Mexico 1

Holland 2
v
Denmark 0

Argentina 4
v
South Korea 1

Brazil 3
v
Ivory Coast 1

Ghana 0
v
Germany 1

Argentina 3
v
Mexico 1

Uruguay 1(4) v Ghana 1(2)

Spain 1 v Netherlands 0

Soccer City Johannesburg

Map centred on Soccer City Stadium

Soccer City Photos

The stadium provides 80,000 plastic bucket seats, and has a 2 metre "moat" to protect the players from the fans.


Soccer City Stadium before the upgrading

Upgrade for Soccer World Cup 2010

The upper tier was extended around the stadium and 99 corporate boxes added, to increase the capacity to 94,700. An encircling roof was added, looking like a giant calabash shell (the calabash is a hollowed out plant which was commonly used to brew beer in - given South Africa's alcohol problem, the shape is probably appropriate).

New floodlights were installed and new changing rooms developed.


Artist's impression of the revamped Soccer City Stadium

The roof

The final phase of the upgrade was the installation of a roof made by Hightex, a German company based in Rimsting, Bavaria. The Hightex engineers chose material for the roof produced by Verseidag, a fibers manufacturer based Krefeld, Germany. From Krefeld the material was transported to Thailand where the composite material membranes were thermally bonded into custom-built roofing panels (some 400-500 square metres each). A teflon coating is used to waterproof the roof. On completing the roof of Soccer City, many of the workers headed to Cape Town to complete the Green Point Stadium facade.

History & news

11 Jun 2010

South Africa's National Soccer Team, Bafana Bafana, play in the opening game of Soccer World Cup 2010.

Oct 2009

Grinaker-LTA/Interbeton Soccer City Joint Venture hands over the upgraded Soccer City Stadium.

8 Jul 2008

With 702 days to go until the kickoff of the Fifa World Cup 2010, Radio 702 set up a broadcast live from Soccer City, where they interviewed Mike Moody (Soccer City Project Director representing Grinaker-LTA), Phil Masinga (a former South African football player) and Pitso Mosimane (assistant coach to Bafana Bafana).

Jun 2008

The first structural-steel lift for the stadium's roof. The lift was performed by crane brought in from an Austrian company (Felbermayr), called a Lattice Boom D-Mag 2800 crane.

Lattice Boom D-Mag 2800 crane

Jan 2007

Work begins on revamping the Soccer City stadium.

3 February 1996

South Africa beat Tunisia in the final of the African Cup of Nations

1994

Orlando Pirates fans set a section of the Soccer City stadium alight after their team were beaten in a league match by Kaizer Chiefs.

1990

More than 100,000 people gather at Soccer City to hear the newly released Nelson Mandela call for a unified South Africa.

1987

Soccer City Stadium is built.

Orlando Pirates

Soccer City Stadium serves as the home ground for Orlando Pirates.

South African Football Association

Soccer City is home to the South African Football Association.

Headquarters for the 2010 Soccer World Cup

The headquarters for the 2010 Soccer World Cup is at Soccer City. "SAFA House will become the central nerve centre of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, hosting operations for FIFA and the South African Local Organising Committee. Meant for 250 staff members, the headquarters will be a base during the organisation and preparation of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa," FIFA said on its website. The building is 5000 square metres in size, topped off by a dome measuring 16 metres across. Beyond 2010, SAFA House is to become not only the headquarters of the South African Football Association but also the home of the Premier Soccer League.

Nearby stadiums

Ellis Park Stadium & Orlando Stadium (Soweto).

Links

Wikipedia: Soccer City Stadium

References

2010 World Cup headquarters nears completion

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