Gauteng Tourist AttractionsFNB Stadium (Soccer City)
Where? Soccer City, Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
How? Call +27 (0)11 247-5300
Soccer City goes by various other names, the best known of which are the FNB Stadium and The Calabash (after its iconic shape). This stadium, situated in Nasrec, near Johannesburg’s Soweto Township, hosted the opening and final matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. As the main stadium for the World Cup, it needed to undergo major renovations to be ready for the tens of thousands of football fans, as well as the players from around the world.
Its rounded shape was inspired by calabashes, which are traditional African pots, often made from or fashioned after gourds. The cladding resembles intricate mosaics that represent fire and earth, while the lighting that encircles the base of the stadium mirrors the flames of a fire burning under the ‘pot’.
The seating capacity of Soccer City is now over 94 700, making it the largest stadium in South Africa. These chairs were arranged so that no spectator is ever more than 100 metres away from the field. In addition, the views are never restricted. The upper tier was extended around the stadium and an encircling roof was added. Nine of the 10 black vertical lines that separate the stands are geographically aligned with the other stadiums that were used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The 10th faces the Berlin Olympic Stadium.
The facilities of the stadium include executive suites, wheelchair access, 184 hospitality suites, parking for 15 000 cars, as well as underground parking for 4 000 VIP vehicles.
Soccer City, or FNB Stadium, is the home ground of the Kaizer Chiefs Football Club and the national football team of South Africa.
The city centre of Johannesburg is about 13 kilometres from the stadium.