With South Africa’s sporting track record and some of the best rugby and cricket players in the world, it’s only fitting that our great national sports teams should have world-class facilities to play and train on, such as South Africa’s highly renowned sport stadiums. In order of seating capacity, these sport stadiums include:
Soccer City (FNB Stadium)
This 94 700-seater is the largest in Africa, and was upgraded for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Situated in Soweto, this famous stadium held 84 490 people during the Netherlands vs Spain 2010 World Cup Final.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
A magnificently designed stadium, Moses Mabhida was also built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has a capacity of 70 000 seats and is located next to Kings Park Stadium in Durban.
Cape Town Stadium
This beautifully designed stadium is also known by the name of the stadium it replaced: Green Point stadium, and now forms part of the recognisable landscape of the area. The new Cape Town stadium was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and can seat 69 070 people.
Ellis Park Stadium
With a maximum capacity of 62 567, and also known commercially as Coca-Cola Park, Ellis Park is the famous stadium where the Springboks won the historical 1995 Rugby World Cup. It is also the home of the Golden Lions.
Mostly used for soccer matches, the Odi Stadium in Mabopane, north of Pretoria, has a capacity of 60 000 seats.
Kings Park Stadium
Kings Park has undergone several name changes and an extensive renovation, but despite potential confusion surrounding its names – Absa Stadium, Mr Price Kings Park Stadium, and the Shark Tank –this 55 000-seater is the unmistakable home of the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks rugby team.
Other notable sport stadiums in South Africa include home of the Bulls rugby team, Loftus Versveld in Pretoria (51 762), Newlands Stadium in Cape Town (51 100) – home to the Stormers rugby team, as well as Cape Town’s two soccer clubs in the premier league: Ajax Cape Town and Santos – and the newly built, R2 billion Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (48 459) in Port Elizabeth.