Stadiums of World Cup 2010

Remembered for the sound of vuvuzelas as much as the football, FIFA World Cup 2010 was hosted by South Africa. Being the first African nation to host the competition there was considerable interest in this World Cup. There was also concern, about whether or not South Africa could complete construction of a full complement of stadiums in time. Some even went as far as to suggest England or Germany prepare to host the event in the event of problems. Gladly all venues were ready in time.

From an initial proposal that included 13 stadiums, 10 were chosen for use. Many of these venues were built specifically for World Cup 2010. The issue of the high altitude of these stadia was raised. Six were more than 1200m above sea level and thought to affect how the ball moved as well as player performance. However this was down-played by medical staff.

World Cup 2010 Venues : Soccer City, Ellis Park Stadium, Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Cape Town Stadium, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Peter Mokaba Stadium, Mbombela Stadium, Free State Stadium and Royal Bafokeng Stadium.