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National Stadium


National Stadium

FACTS

Stadium: National Stadium
City: Johannesburg
Built: 1987
Construction: Major upgrade
Completion: 2009
Gross Capacity: 94 700

One of the most artistic and awe-inspiring football venues on the African continent, the newly-reconstructed FNB Stadium (referred to as the National Stadium for the duration of the 2013 Afcon) hosted the first and final matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa™. The venue will also host the 2013 Afcon opening match and ceremony on January 19 as well the final on February 10. These are the only matches to be played here for Afcon 2013. 

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.

The National Stadium 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 during the Afcon finals.

The stadium is widely regarded as the heart of football in South Africa as it has hosted many important matches through history. In the mid 1980s, officials came together to build the first international football stadium in the country and the construction was funded from the football fraternity's coffers.

The National Stadium hosted the first mass rally for Nelson Mandela after his release from prison in 1990. Thousands of mourners lamented Chris Hani's assassination at the stadium in 1993. It was also the venue for the 1996 CAF African Cup of Nations final, with South Africa eventually triumphing 2-0 over Tunisia.

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.

2013 Afcon Matches



South Africa v Cape Verde Islands January 19 18:00

Angola  v Morocco January 19 21:00

Final

February 10 20:00

National Stadium

2010 World Cup Matches played at Soccer City

Date - Time Stage          
11 June - 16:00 Group A
South Africa 1-1 Mexico
14 June - 13:30 Group E
Netherlands 2-0 Denmark
17 June - 13:30 Group B
Argentina 4-1 Korea Republic
20 June - 20:30 Group G
Brazil 3-1 Côte d'Ivoire
23 June - 20:30 Group D
Ghana 0-1 Germany
27 June - 20:30 Round of 16   Mexico 1-3 Argentina  
02 July - 20:30 Quarterfinals   Uruguay 1-1 (4-3P) Ghana  
11 July - 20:30 Final   Netherlands 0-1 Spain

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