Posted by: Lee H | 14/04/2010

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium – Port Elizabeth

Fifa World Cup 2010

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium - Port Elizabeth

Capacity – 46,082

Status – Opened July 2009

Cost – $270,000,000

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium At Night

Information

The first of the newly built completed stadium for this summer’s World Cup in South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Stadium is the first world-class football stadium to be built in the Eastern Cape province. The stadium has been built with a unique roof structure, made up of a series of white ‘petals’ which has lead to the stadium being nicknamed ‘The Sunflower.’

Overlooking the North End lake, providing a spectacular backdrop, the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium has been used for local football and rugby over the past year. The stadium hosted a British and Irish Lions tour match against the Southern Kings during their tour to South Africa in 2009 and will host eight matches during the World Cup, including a quarter final and the 3rd/4th place play-off.

England will play their final group game against Slovenia in Port Elizabeth and fans may want to take a trip to the nearby Kragga Kamma Game Park inbetween matches, to experience a taste of African safari close up.

Fifa World Cup 2010 Fixtures

12 June – Group B –  Korea Republic v Greece
15 June – Group G – Ivory Coast v Portugul
18 June – Group D – Germany v Serbia
21 June – Group H – Chile v Switzerland
23 June – Group C – Slovenia v England
26 June – Round of 16
02 July – Quarter-finals
10 July –  3rd/4th Place Play-off

Inside The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Editors View

A tidy stadium built in a great location, the Nelson Mandela Stadium is historic in many ways. It is a sign that football has finally stepped out of the shadow of apartheid in the Eastern Cape and the city of Port Elizabeth has been rewarded with a series of exciting matches at the World Cup. The stadium looked brilliant during the rugby last summer and I’m confident fans will have an enjoyable visit to this stadium during the World Cup.

Rating – 8/10

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