04 November 2009

2010 World Cup™ stadiums - Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein / Mangaung

Bloemfontein (Afrikaans for "fountain of flowers") is the capital city of the Free State Province of South Africa as well as one of the nation's three capitals (the judicial capital). The city's Sesotho name is Mangaung, meaning "place of cheetahs"; Bloemfontein became part of the Mangaung Local Municipality already in 2000. Don't get confused by the names - FIFA seems to use both names.
Free State Stadium, also known as "Vodacom Park", is home to the Free State Cheetahs, which participate in South Africa's domestic rugby competition, the Currie Cup, to the Central Cheetahs, which represents Free State and Northern Cape Provinces in the Rugby Super 14 and to Bloemfontein Celtic, who play in the Premier Soccer League. For the 2010 World Cup™ the stadium got upgraded from a capacity of 38,000 to 45,000.
Weather: dry | Close to a National Park/Game Reserve: No

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Free State Stadium
Capacity: 40,000
match days: Monday, 14 June | Thursday, 17 June | Sunday, 20 June | Tuesday, 22 June | Friday, 25 June | Sunday, 27 June

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