Friday, 13 August 2010

Soccer City

Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg South Africa
One of the most artistic and awe-inspiring football venues on the African continent, the newly-reconstructed Soccer City Stadium will host the first and final matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The outside of the stadium is designed to have the appearance of an African pot; the cladding on the outside is a mosaic of fire and earthen colors with a ring of lights running around the bottom of the structure, simulating fire underneath the pot.
Soccer City Stadium Sitting view
The ground's design is inspired by the iconic African pot known as the calabash, and its aesthetic appeal will be heightened when the stadium is lit at night. Soccer City is located in Johannesburg's southwest and is only a short distance from one of the country's football-crazy townships, Soweto.
Soccer City Out look
The stands in Soccer City are articulated by ten black vertical lines; nine are aligned geographically with the nine other stadia involved in the 2010 World Cup. Because 9 are considered to be an unlucky number in South African traditional culture, a tenth line was added. This tenth line is aimed at Berlin's Olympic Stadium. In the first match of World Cup 2010 there was attendance 84,490 people.
Soccer City Entrance

Architect: Boogertman & Partners, HOK Sport.
Former names: Soccer City
Owner: The Stadia and Soccer Development Trust
Operator: South African Football Association
Capacity: 94,736
Construction cost: USD $440 million
Type: Sports Venue, Stadium.
Location: Nasrec, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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