World Cup preparations gather pace in South Africa

South Africa's preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup are gathering pace as millions of pounds are invested in stadia, hotels and transport systems.

Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg
Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg

Government funding of £800m has been lined up alongside private sector investment as the country aims for a £4.45bn economic boost from the football tournament, which is now less than 200 days away.

Around 450,000 visitors are expected, and bookings are widely anticipated to peak after the group stages are drawn on 4 December.

The country's two main airports, OR Tambo and Cape Town International, which are being upgraded, while a third international airport, La Mercy, near Durban, is scheduled to open a month before the World Cup starts.

Hotel developments include the recently-opened One & Only Cape Town, which features Nobu and Gordon Ramsay restaurants. In addition, the Southern Sun and Radisson hotel groups are launching new properties in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Matches will be played in ten stadia across South Africa. They are:

  • Mangaung Stadium, Blomfontein
  • Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
  • Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg
  • Elllis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
  • Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
  • Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
  • Peter Mokaba, Polokwane
  • Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
  • Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg

 

 

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