8 stadiums down, 2 more to go!

21/01/2010 at 13:24 11 comments

Now that the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point and the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane will be opened to the public this weekend, just two more stadiums have to be completed: Soccer City in Johannesburg, the 2010 world cup venue for the opening match and the final match, and the Mbombela Stadium at Nelspruit.

This weekend, Cape Town’s stadium will celebrate its opening with a soccer match between Santos and Ajax Cape Town for which 20.000 tickets have been made available. Unfortunately, all tickets are sold out. Polokwane will host three South Africa top division sides plus Danish club Brondby in a one-day tournament with two semi-final games in the morning and a later afternoon final between the winners. In Polokwane, 30.000 tickets have been sold so far.

The reason why both world cup stadiums have implemented restricted capacity is simple, as they want to test the facilities before inviting a full house.

Soccer City in Johannesburg, which has a capacity close to 95,000 is expected to open its doors in February 2010. Like Cape Town Stadium in Green Point and the stadium in Polokwane, Soccer City has plans to host a football match between South Africa’s most popular football clubs, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, on February 20 2010.

The opening of the Nelspruit world cup stadium has been delayed because of the laying of a new pitch, after drainage problems occurred.  Nevertheless, local officials said the friendly international between Ghana and Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 3 is still on the cards.

In total, South Africa’s nine host cities boast ten 2010 world cup stadiums of which six were built from scratch.

Source: Goal.com

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