The venues were announced on 4 May 2012. Soccer City will host the opening match and the final. Other the venues selected for matches are Mbombela Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Royal Bafokeng Stadium and Moses Mabhida Stadium.
• The 94-000-seater Soccer City stadium, south of Johannesburg within the Nasrec precinct, will once again dazzle the world. Styled on the African calabash or cooking pot, Joburg’s flagship stadium will boast the biggest ever audience to this continental global football spectacular.
• The Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg underwent a major upgrade for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. The upper tier was extended around the stadium to increase capacity to 94 700 with an extra 99 Executive suites, an encircling roof was constructed, new changing room facilities developed and new floodlights installed.
• The outside of the stadium is designed to have the appearance of a calabash, an African pot, the cladding on the outside is a mosaic of fire and earthen colours with a ring of lights running around the bottom of the structure, simulating fire underneath the pot. No spectator are more than 100 metres (330 feet) from the action and there are no restricted views in the stadium.
Stadium Physical Address : Nasrec Road, Soweto
Total seat capacity : 87,226
Type of Grass on pitch : Kikuyu grass
Floodlight Lux : 2000 Lux
No of Video Screens : 2
Presidential Suite Capacity : 250
VIP Suite Capacity : 1,813
No of Hospitality Suites : 193
Hospitality Suite Capacity : 7,406
Media Tribune seating Capacity : 1,813
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
• The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, a rugby union, football and athletics stadium, is situated in Phokeng near Rustenburg in the heart of the Royal Bafokeng Nation. This sports complex was originally commissioned by Kgosi Lebone II, the previous King of the Royal Bafokeng Nation and was first opened in 2000.
• Reflecting the natural features with its saddle shape, the Royal Bafokeng sporting premise is set to play an important role, becoming more of a football stadium and is set to embrace more of this legacy after being one of the stadiums to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ tournament.
• In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ the capacity of the stadium was increased from 38 000 to 42 000 and 24 new suites were built. The main west stand was substantially enlarged to enable the 500 VIP seats to be shaded and to accommodate the media tribune.
• The full-body turnstiles were replaced and the quantity of turnstiles increased. The inner circle perimeter was increased to include ablutions and concession stalls.
• Other improvements include the installation of new electronic scoreboards, new seats, and the upgrading of the floodlights and public address system. 60% of the cost of the upgrades was funded by the Royal Bafokeng Administration and 40% by central government.
Stadium Physical Address : Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace; R565; Phokeng
Total seat capacity : 44 364
Type of Grass on pitch : Warm season: Kikuyu; Cool season: Rye
Floodlight Lux : 2000 lux suitable for HDTV
No of Video Screens : 2
Presidential Suite Capacity : 50 balcony seats (incl. 2 wheelchair bays)
Hall can accommodate 500 cocktail;
500 public seats either side of player’s tunnel.
VIP Suite Capacity : 50
No of Hospitality Suites : 26
Hospitality Suite Capacity : 702
Media Tribune seating Capacity : 58
• Mbombela Stadium is a 43 500 – seat stadium located on open land approximately 6 kilometres west of Nelspruit. The stadium is the centre-piece of a sports precinct with athletics and cricket as well as other sporting codes.
• Most of the seats in the stadium are covered by a cantilever roof. The roof is 35 metres above the pitch half of which is translucent to maximise sunlight to the pitch and to lighten the seating bowl. The roof floats free from the top of the seating bowl with a 6 metre gap to provide ventilation in the hot climate and also to provide views to the surrounding hills from the seating bowl. The roof structure is a propped cantilever on a 35 metre module with the steel towers for the tension rods doubling as 18 symbolic giraffe necks. The body and legs of the giraffe are incorporated into the concrete structure of the building, while the graceful neck and head form an essential part of the steel supporting structure for the roof, making the concept not only attractive and colloquial, but practical as well.
• The Mbombela stadium is close to the Kruger National Park and therefore the stadium was planned and designed in such a way so as to tie in with the surrounding natural heritage, and to serve a function in-between sporting events as a sustainable commercial facility for daily use by the local and regional communities.
• The bowl design is aimed to put every seat as close as practical to the field action and maintain excellent sightlines over the heads of spectators. The seating is divided into 3 tiers with 21 000 lower tier, 3 500 middle tier and 19 000 on the upper tier.
Stadium Physical Address : Bafana Bafana Road, Mbombela
Total Seat Capacity : 43,000
Type of Grass on pitch : Perennial Rye & Kentucky Blue Mix
Floodlight Lux : 2000 lux vertical (HDTV)
No of Video Screens : Two (2)
Presidential Suite Capacity : 120 Seats
VIP Suite Capacity : 400 Seats
No of Hospitality Suites : 49
Hospitality Suite Capacity : 2740
Media Tribune seating Capacity : 64 seats with desks
Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
• The stadium’s iconic design creates an unmistakeable silhouette on the Durban skyline and takes its design inspiration from the South African flag, with its grand arch representing the unity of a sport-loving nation. The two legs of the arch on the southern side of the stadium, come together to form a single footing on the northern side, symbolizing the uniting of a once-divided nation.
• The stadium was specifically designed to be active 365 days a year, creating a dynamic entertainment node for the city of Durban, incorporating Imbizo Place with over 7 000 square metres of retail space, an amphitheatre and a cable car.
• The cable car ascends to a viewing platform at the top of the expansive 350 metre arch, a staggering 106 metres above the pitch. From the vantage point, visitors can experience spectacular panoramic views over the ocean and the city.
• The stadium is a world-class state-of-the-art, multifunctional arena located in the heart of the Kings Park Sporting Precinct. It seated 70 000 spectators during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, and will seat 56 000 for AFCON 2013. Each seat is spacious and has excellent sight lines and ease of access is ensured, with 50% of the stadium’s seats accessible from the main entrance level. 150 suites, housing a total of 7 500 seats, cover the different hospitality options.
Stadium Physical Address : 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Avenue, Durban
Total seat capacity : 56 296
Type of Grass on pitch : Cynodon dactylon overseeded with perennial rye
Floodlight Lux : 2000 Lux
No of Video Screens : 2
Presidential Suite Capacity : 171
VIP Suite Capacity : 167
No of Hospitality Suites : 132
Hospitality Suite Capacity : 4219
Media Tribune seating Capacity : 63 seats
• The pearly white stadium is said to resemble a sunflower or seashell and is uniquely nestled between the North End Lake and the warm Indian Ocean.
• The spectacular world-class stadium was completed during June 2009. The stadium building is approximately 40metres high from field level to the top of the roof and consists of six levels in the West Stand and five levels in the North, South and East Stands. Eleven passenger lifts and ramps allow spectators easy access to their seats.
• The stadium has an eye-catching, unique roof-structure and a spectacular view, overlooking the North End Lake. The roof was specifically designed to withstand Port Elizabeth’s notoriously high wing speeds. The stadium has been equipped with state-of-the–art technology and two huge viewing screens for the live viewing of events as well as two conference rooms, which are able to accommodate 200 people and is situated on the 5th level. There are four ramps for easy wheelchair access, 74 toilet blocks as well as 32 colour coded turnstile gates. There are 23 private boxes with an additional planned 20 private boxes, plus 2 bars.
• Parking inside the stadium is provided only on Level 1 and consists of parking for Media, Broadcast, VVIPs, Special VVIPs, VIPs, Disable Persons and General parking on Site.
Stadium Physical Address : 70 Prince Alfred Road, North End
Total seat capacity : 46,000
Total seat capacity (for Orange AFCON) : 43,269 (public seating)
Type of Grass on pitch : Rye with Desso
Floodlight lux : 2,300+
No of video screens : 2
Presidential suite capacity : 200 seats
VIP suite capacity : 240
Suite capacity :1623 seats
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