Football: South Africa World Cup venues

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South Africa will use 10 venues in nine cities to stage the 2010 World Cup, with the opening match and final at Soccer City near Soweto.

BLOEMFONTEIN

Name: Free State Stadium

Capacity: 48,000

Completed: 1952

World Cup construction: medium upgrade

Occupants: Free State Cheetahs (rugby union) and Bloemfontein Celtic (football)

Fixtures: five first round, one second round

CAPE TOWN

Name: Cape Town Stadium

Capacity: 70,000

Completed: 2009

Construction: new

Occupants: none

Fixtures: five first round, one second round, quarter-final, semi-final

DURBAN

Name: Moses Mabhida Stadium

Capacity: 70,000

Completed: 2009

Construction: new

Occupants: AmaZulu (football)

Fixtures: five first round, one second round, semi-final

Special feature: Cable car which rises on arch to 106 metres about pitch

Note: Mabhida was a former commander of African National Congress armed wing and general secretary of South African Communist Party who died in 1986

JOHANNESBURG

Name: Ellis Park

Capacity: 61,000

Completed: 1982

Construction: minor upgrade

Occupants: Orlando Pirates (football) and Golden Lions (rugby union)

Fixtures: five first round, one second round, quarter-final

JOHANNESBURG

Name: Soccer City

Capacity: 94,700

Completed: 1987

Construction: major upgrade

Occupants: none

Fixtures: five first round, one second round, quarter-final, final

Note: fixtures include opening match on June 11 and final on July 11

NELSPRUIT

Name: Mbombela Stadium

Capacity: 46,000

Completed: 2009

Construction: new

Occupants: none

Fixtures: four first round

PRETORIA

Name: Loftus Versfeld

Capacity: 50,000

Completed: 1906

Construction: upgrade

Occupants: Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport Utd (football) and Blue Bulls (rugby union)

Fixtures: five first round, one second round

POLOKWANE

Name: Peter Mokaba Stadium

Capacity: 46,000

Completed: 2010

Construction: new

Occupants: none

Fixtures: four first round

PORT ELIZABETH

Name: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Capacity: 48,000

Completed: 2009

Construction: new

Occupants: none

Fixtures: five first round, one second round, quarter-final, third place play-off

RUSTENBURG

Name: Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Capacity: 42,000

Completed: 1999

Construction: minor upgrade

Occupants: Platinum Stars (football) and Platinum Leopards (rugby union)

Fixtures: five first round, one second round

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