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9 BIGGEST STADIA

9. NELSON MANDELA BAY

Port Elizabeth

Capacity: 48 459

Year completed: 2009

The five-tier Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is the first and so far only large scale football facility in the Eastern Cape, as under apartheid, football was not catered for in this province.

The … Read More

8. NEWLANDS

Cape Town

Capacity: 51 100

Year completed: 1989

DHL Newlands, as it is currently referred to for sponsorship reasons, was the battleground where the Springboks annihilated the Aussies in that historical Rugby World Cup encounter in 1995. It is not … Read More

7. LOFTUS VERSVELD

Pretoria

Capacity: 51 762

Year completed: 1924

This is the biggest stadium that the nation’s capital is able to contribute to the top 9 list or even the top 19. Loftus Versveld, whose ground experts proclaim has a British feel, is … Read More

6. KINGS PARK

Durban

Capacity: 52 000

completed: 1891

This is one of the biggest sports stadium in Durban, a city known to be South Africa’s playground. Some of the stars who have come to play here include Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, … Read More

5. MOSES MABHIDA

Durban

Capacity: 54 000

Year completed: 2009

This could easily be the mascot of South Africa’s stadium. It represents the beauty and majesty of these colossal facilities. This state-of-the-art stadium is easily recognizable for its 350m long high-span arch that holds … Read More

4. CAPE TOWN

Cape Town

Capacity: 56 000

Year completed: 2009

Cape Town stadium is situated in Green Point, between Signal Hill and the Atlantic Ocean. It was built by South African construction contractor, Murray & Roberts at a cost of R4.4 billion. The … Read More

3. ODI

Mafikeng

Capacity: 60 000

Year completed: 1981

This entry brings a shrewdly unwholesome decadence to this list of beautiful stadia. Over the years its state has regressed irrevocably to a Parthenon-esque conclusion. Designed and built in 1981 by a Russian construction … Read More

2. ELLIS PARK

Johannesburg

Capacity: 62 567

Year completed: 1928

The stadium was named after J.D. Ellis, who had made the area available for the stadium to be built in the 1920s. Ellis Park was the country’s most modern when it was upgraded in … Read More

1. SOCCER CITY / FNB

Johannesburg

Capacity: 94 700

Year completed: 2009

Every generation has its bogeyman. Someone to beat. For stadia in Africa as a whole, Soccer City is it. Pre-2010 World Cup, the ground literally used to shake with the fervour of supporters. … Read More

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