Soccer City Stadium, Jo'burg
Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
Soccer City, sometimes referred to as the FNB Stadium, is a stadium located in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, South Africa. It is located next to the South African Football Association headquarters (SAFA House) where both the FIFA offices and the Local Organising Committee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is housed.
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Soccer City Stadium
A football-specific stadium, Soccer City currently has a capacity of 91,141, the largest in Africa. Most of the largest football events in South Africa are played at Soccer City
The Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg has undergone a major upgrade for the 2010 World Cup tournament, with a new design inspired by traditional African pottery.
The upper tier has been extended around the stadium to increase the capacity to 94,700 with an extra 99 Executive suites, an encircling roof has been constructed, new changing room facilities have been developed and new floodlights have been installed.
The outside of the stadium is designed to have the appearance of a calabash, an African pot, the cladding on the outside is a mosaic of fire and earthen colours with a ring of lights running around the bottom of the structure, simulating fire underneath the pot. No spectator will be more than 100 metres (330ft) from the action and there are no restricted views in the stadium.
The stands in Soccer City are articulated by ten black vertical lines; nine are aligned geographically with the nine other stadia involved in the 2010 World Cup, and a tenth line is aimed at Berlin's Olympic Stadium, which hosted the previous World Cup final in 2006.