Monday, March 29, 2010

Johannesburg's 2nd Stadium, Ellis Park

Our Games:

• M22 - Fri 18th June - 16:00 - Slovenia vs USA
• M54 - Mon 28th June -20:30 - 1G v 2H (7)
• M60 – Saturday 3rd July - 20:30 - 6 v 8 (Quarterfinal D)

Name: Ellis Park (Coca-Cola Park)
Year completed: 1928 (rebuilt in 1982)
Cost: US$63,000,000 (renovations)
Capacity: 62,567
Trivia: In 1955, over 100,000 watched the rugby match between South Africa and British Lions and, in 2005, it became the first black-owned stadium in the country

The site of the 1995 Rugby World Cup final - when South Africa tore up the formbook to defeat New Zealand and Nelson Mandela famously donned a green Springbok shirt to present the trophy to home skipper Francois Pienaar - Ellis Park may be a shrine to the scrum and the ruck, but it is no stranger to football either. Orlando Pirates, where the likes of Mark Fish and Teko Modise have plied their trade, call the ground home.

Also known by its commercial name of Coca-Cola Park, the ground did not require extensive modernisation to meet FIFA standards and is located south-west of the city's central business district in New Doornfontein. Supporters can reach it by rail, getting off at Doornfontein or Ellis Park stations, or by using the park-and-ride facilities.

It will stage five group games, a second-round match and one of the quarter-finals.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Welcome to The Green Point Stadium. Cape Town

Our Games:
• M2 - Friday 11th June - 20:30 - Uruguay vs France
• M11 - Monday 14th June - 20:30 - Italy vs Paraguay

Name: Cape Town Stadium
Year completed: 2009
Cost: US$330,000,000
Capacity: 68,000 (13,000 temporary)
Trivia: During the planning stage, it was referred to by some as the African Renaissance Stadium and was then called the Green Point Stadium. The 37,000 sq m roof weighs 4,500 tons

The Cape Town Stadium, one of several venues built specially for the World Cup is touted by the hosts as one the most modern in the world, with the centrepiece a retractable glass roof that allows more natural light onto the pitch, and 360 inner spotlights. The fa├žade is made of stretched fibre-glass mesh, and the entire venue adheres to strict green conditions regarding reusability of resources and light pollution. It will be surrounded by a 60-hectare urban park.

Soccer City by night

Our Games:

• M20 - Thursday 17th June - 20:30 - Argentina vs South Korea
• M29 - Sunday 20th Jun - 20:30 - Brazil vs Ivory Coast
• M39 - Wednesday 23rd June - 20:30 - Ghana vs Germany
• M52 - Sunday 27th June - 20:30 - 1B v 2A (2)
• M58 - Friday 2nd July - 20:30 - 1 v 3 (Quarterfinal A)

Name: Soccer City Stadium (FNB Stadium)
Year completed: 2010
Cost: US$310,000,000
Capacity: 94,700
Trivia: The outside of the stadium is designed to have the appearance of a calabash, an African pot.

Home to South African football heavyweights Kaizer Chiefs, the 94,000 capacity Soccer City has undergone a US$310 million revamp for these finals. The money has been spent on increasing the capacity from 78,000, upgrading floodlights, VIP areas, rebuilding changing rooms and a hi-tech terracotta outer shell that is meant to resemble a traditional African earthenware pot. Before the makeover, the ground literally used to shake with the fervour of supporters, so expect the extra capacity to turn the volume up to stunning levels.

Soccer City - or the FNB Stadium to give it its official title - is found on the Nasrec Road in the famous south-western township of Soweto. It is best reached by car or park-and-ride bus. To improve road access, the Soweto freeway has been widened and the stadium boasts no fewer than 15,000 car parking places.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Who's gonna Win the World Cup...?

So who do you think is going to win the 2010 World Cup...?

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Current favourite is Brazil, folloed by Spain and England...

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