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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-05-28

It can hold 95,000 fans and neighbours Soweto, the flashpoint township during South Africa’s long struggle against Apartheid. Johannesburg’s Soccer City is now open for business.

Warm-up games for the World Cup are now very much under way.

Hosts South Africa played Colombia on Thursday night, in front of another sell-out crowd at the revamped Soccer City outside the township of Soweto.

The new stadium is the biggest in South Africa with nearly 95,000 seats, and it will host both the opening and final matches.

And with international sales for tickets lower than expected, some 60% of seats will go to South Africans, giving the locals real ownership of the global event.

Covered in clay-coloured panels, the stadium's design is inspired by an African calabash pot.

Built between downtown Johannesburg and Soweto, some of the seats were part of a 1980s stadium demolished to create the new building.
 

Date created : 2010-05-28

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