Soccer City

Soccer City

Although officially known as the First National Bank Stadium or FNB Stadium, this impressive arena is commonly referred to as Soccer City. It is also known as The Calabash because its design was inspired by the shape of an African pot of the same name.

Soccer City was easily the most impressive stadium used in World Cup 2010. With a capacity well in excess of 90,000 it is the largest arena of its type in Africa. When South Africa was chosen as host nation Soccer City was given an expensive upgrade. This included an extended upper tier that increased the capacity from the previous 80,000.


Location: Johannesburg

Capacity: 94,736

Construction: 1986 - 1989. It was upgraded in 2009, allowing it to be used for the World Cup.

Matches: South Africa 1 : 1 Mexico (June 11), Netherlands 2 : 0 Denmark (June 14), Argentina 4 : 1 South Korea (June 17), Brazil 3 : 1 Ivory Coast (June 20), Ghana 0 : 1 Germany (June 23), Argentina 3 : 1 Mexico (June 27), quarter-final Uruguay 1 : 1 Ghana [Uruguay won 4 - 2 on penalties] (July 2) and the final on July 11 - Netherlands 0 : 1 Spain


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.