28 October 2009

2010 World Cup™ stadiums - Ellis Park in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa's economic capital, is the only city in the 2010 tournament hosting two stadiums - Soccer City and Ellis Park.
Ellis Park, located in the centre of Johannesburg, was first built in 1928 as a rugby union stadium. It was demolished and rebuilt in 1982, again exclusively for rugby. The stadium is named after JD Ellis, who was a city councilor in Johannesburg and made the area for the stadium available.
Today, the stadium hosts both football and rugby, and is also used as a venue for other large events, such as open-air concerts. It hosted the Rugby World Cup final in 1995 (also watch the trailer of "Invictus", the new Clint Eastwood movie about the 1995 World Cup), which was won by the South Africa's national team, the Springboks.
Ellis Park is actually also known as "Coca Cola Park" (which is the official name, I believe), but in the 2010 World Cup™ context the stadium is always named "Ellis Park".

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Ellis Park
Capacity: 62,000
match days: Saturday, 12 June | Tuesday, 15 June | Friday, 18 June | Monday, 21 June | Thursday, 24 June | Monday, 28 June | Saturday, 03 July

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