by Craig Harding
on January 27, 2010
2 min read


Stadium: Ellis Park Stadium & Soccer City Stadium

Johannesburg is the beating and pulsing heart of South Africa. It may not be as picturesque as Cape Town, but it is a quintessential African city with a hustle and bustle not found anywhere else in the country. As the economic powerhouse of the continent, Jozi (as it is affectionately known) is a great multicultural melting pot of people from all over Africa. It is a cosmopolitan, colourful and chaotic city.

Johannesburg will have two stadiums ready for the World Cup. Ellis Park Stadium 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 62,000 fans, increasing its capacity by almost nine per cent from the previous 57,000.

One of the most artistic and awe-inspiring football venues on the African continent, the newly-reconstructed Soccer City Stadium will host the first and final matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

The ground’s design is inspired by the iconic African pot known as the calabash, and its aesthetic appeal will be heightened when the stadium is lit at night. Soccer City is located in Johannesburg’s southwest and is only a short distance from one of the country’s football-crazy townships, Soweto. About 40 per cent of Johannesburg’s population live in Soweto and this proximity is bound to make the stadium a hub of activity throughout the 2010 finals.The original stadium, which was known as the FNB Stadium, had a capacity of 80,000. Upgrades involved extending the upper tier to increase the capacity to 94,700; adding 99 more suites to bring the number to 184; constructing an encircling roof; adding new changing room facilities and installing new floodlighting

Soccer City

Games in Johannesburg at Soccer City

11 June – 16:00Group ASouth AfricavMexico
14 June – 13:30Group ENetherlandsvDenmark
17 June – 13:30Group BArgentinavKorea Republic
20 June – 20:30Group GBrazilvCôte d’Ivoire
23 June – 20:30Group DGhanavGermany
27 June – 20:30Round of 161Bv2A
02 July – 20:30Quarter-finalsW49vW50
11 July – 20:30FinalW61vW62

Games in Johannesburg at Ellis Park

12 June – 16:00Group BArgentinavNigeria
15 June – 20:30Group GBrazilvKorea DPR
18 June – 16:00Group CSloveniavUSA
21 June – 20:30Group HSpainvHonduras
24 June – 16:00Group FSlovakiavItaly
28 June – 20:30Round of 161Gv2H
03 July – 20:30Quarter-finalsW55vW56

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