South Africa has some of the best football stadiums in Africa, which explains why it is easy to be the very first African country to host the FIFA World Cup. Well, it is agreed that if these stadiums are appropriately maintained and enhanced, FIFA might even give the country another chance to bid for a major football tournament.
This article is about the biggest stadiums in South Africa, and we will be exploring ten of them, which are located in different places in the country.
Top 10 Biggest Stadiums In South Africa
1. FNB Stadium
Also referred to as Soccer City and The Calabash, and located in Johannesburg, the FNB stadium is generally agreed to be a prominent stadium in South Africa. It is a superb and big stadium with a capacity to take up to 94,736 seated spectators
Although the FNB Stadium was initially opened back then in 1989, the stadium was renovated and enhanced in 2009. This was done to make it conducive enough to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and it served properly. The stadium, which has hosted popular football matches since it was constructed, is home to Kaizer Chiefs F.C. It should be noted that this stadium hosted the 2010 world cup final game between Spain and Netherlands. So, it is not surprising that it is coming first here.
2. Ellis Park Stadium
The Ellis Park Stadium is another massive and big stadium in South Africa. It is situated in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, and has the capacity of seating 62,567 spectators in a single match, making it the second biggest stadium in the country.
Ellis Park Stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in Africa, as it was first opened back then in 1929. Of course, when the 2010 FIFA World Cup was getting closer, the stadium was also renovated and enhanced in 2009. It should be noted that the construction cost was up to R40 Million (it was that serious). Ellis Park Stadium is another important pitch in South Africa, and it also hosted some important games of the 2010 world cup.
3. Odi Stadium
The Odi Stadium is situated in Mabopane, and is regarded as one of the largest in the country since it has the capacity to take up to 60,000 spectators in a game.
The stadium was first constructed and opened back then in the 1980s. Ever since it came into existence, it has hosted several football games and different athletic competitions. The Odi Stadium came with several facilities, such as a soccer field, athletics track, and 2 changing rooms. The stadium also consists of 4 sets of male / female restrooms, a press room, VIP lounge & seating, referee room, control room, and so on.
4. Moses Mabhida Stadium
The Moses Mabhida Stadium is one of the most recent large stadiums opened in SA, and it is not surprising coming up here on the list. Located in Durban, the Moses Mabhida Stadium is the fourth biggest stadium in South Africa, with a capacity of 62,760 seated spectators in a game.
Moses Mabhida Stadium was officially opened in 2009 and has hosted some important games – including some games taken at the 2013 African cup of nations, as well as the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Additionally, Moses Mabhida Stadium is the ideal place for other sporting events like jumping, cricket, motorsports, etc.
5. Cape Town Stadium
Cape Town Stadium is the fifth biggest stadium in South Africa. Located in Cape Town, it has a capacity of 55,000 and is another important stadium in the country.
It was made that known that around R4.4 billion was splashed on its construction. The stadium was also relevant during the 2010 FIFA World Cup played on African soil. It hosted several games, including one quarter-final, and one semi-final game.
6. Kings Park Stadium
Also referred to as the Jonsson Kings Park Stadium, The Kings Park Stadium is the sixth largest here, as it came with a capacity to take up to 52,000 seated spectators in a game. The stadium is located in Durban, and is the home ground of the Sharks.
7. Loftus Versfeld Stadium
The Loftus Versfeld Stadium was built as far back as 1906, making it one of the oldest stadiums in South Africa. Located in Gauteng, the stadium is one of the biggest in South Africa, with a capacity to seat around 51,762 spectators in a game.
Loftus Versfeld Stadium was officially opened back then in 1923 and has been renovated and expanded ever since. It should also be noted that it is the home ground of the Bulls and the Blue Bulls union in the Currie Cup.
8. Newlands Stadium
The Newlands Stadium is another massive stadium in the country, and it sits in Cape Town. Here is another very old stadium in South Africa – opened as far back as in 1888 (although has been renovated after then).
Newlands Stadium is regarded as the eighth biggest stadium in South Africa since it has the capacity to take up to 51,900 people in a game.
9. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Situated in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, here is another large stadium in the country, with a capacity to take up to 46,000 spectators. Hence, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium sits on the ninth spot on the list of the top 10 biggest stadiums in South Africa.
Here is another recent South African stadium – opened in 2009, and was used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup (as well as the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations).
10. Peter Mokaba Stadium
Finally on the list is the Peter Mokaba Stadium, which is situated in Limpopo. It was made known that the Peter Mokaba Stadium (which was named after Peter Mokaba) was constructed with up to R1.245 billion. It was officially opened in 2010 and hosted some FIFA World Cup games that same year. Having a capacity that can take up to 45,500 spectators in a game, Peter Mokaba Stadium is one of the biggest in South Africa.
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In conclusion, we expect relevant stakeholders to maintain these stadiums and not stop at getting them better than they currently are