Posted by: Lee H | 20/04/2010

Free State Stadium – Bloemfontein

Fifa World Cup 2010

Free State Stadium - Bloemfontein

Capacity – 45,058

Opened – 1952 (Upgraded in 2008)

Aerial view of the Free State Stadium

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The Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein recieved a minor upgrade ahead of the Confederations Cup last summer, with a second tier added to main grandstand taking the capacity to just over 45,000. Additionally their were improvements to the media facilities at the stadium, which will host six matches at the Fifa World Cup, along with new turnstiles, electric scoreboard and sound system.

Both football and rugby union is played at the stadium which attacts big crowds due to the sport mad natives. While football played second fiddle in the popularity stakes to the local rugby union side the Free State Cheetahs, in the past, the interest in the World Cup and the rapid growth of Bloemfontein Celtic FC, has seen football takes its place amongst the locals’ passions.

Fans during the World Cup can visit two of South Africa’s most visited museums in Bloemfontein. The National Museum, home to an extensive collection on fossils and archeological artifacts, and the Queen’s Military Museum which tells the story of the major conflicts in the Free State area during the early 19th century are both located in the city.

Fifa World Cup 2010 Fixtures

14 June – Group E – Japan v Cameroon
17 June – Group B – Greece v Nigeria
20 June – Group F – Slovakia v Paraguay
22 June – Group A – France v South Africa
25 June – Group H – Switzerland v Honduras
27 June – Round of 16

Free State Stadium

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