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2010 World Cup Match Venue - Royal Bafokeng Stadium

The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace is a rugby union, football (soccer) and athletics stadium in Phokeng near Rustenburg, South Africa.

The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace is situated in Phokeng, in the heart of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, about 90 minutes from Johannesburg .

The Sports Palace was originally commissioned by Kgosi Lebone II, the previous King of the Royal Bafokeng Nation. Designed and built as a soccer and rugby venue, the stadium first opened in 2000.  The cost of R 120 million was 100% funded by the Royal Bafokeng Administration.

In 2004, the Sports Palace became part of South Africa’s bid for the 2010 FIFA World Cup as the venue in the host city of Rustenburg.

In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup the stadium increased its capacity from 39,000 to 44,389 and now boasts 24 suites.  New electronic scoreboards, floodlights and a public address system were added to enable the Sports Palace to host the world’s best footballers and their fans. The new level of the lighting is above 2,000 lux, enough to support high definition television.

Two enormous generators provide backup power for the entire stadium complex. The stadium upgrades cost R460 million, 60% of which was funded by the Royal Bafokeng Administration, and 40% by the South African government.

Rustenburg Websites

Official Royal Bafokeng Nation website:

South African government official 2010 site

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