FNB Stadium

 
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* Address: Nasrec Road, Johannesburg
* Country: South Africa
* Capacity: 94,000
* Opened: 1989
* Main use: Football
* Tenants: Kaizer Chiefs (football)

Extra stadium info – FNB Stadium

The First National Bank Stadium, nicknamed Soccer City and The Calabash, is also known as a venue for concerts and rugby union. It is among the largest venues by capacity. The stadium hosted the first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The game between the national football teams of South Africa and Mexico ended 1-1. The venue also hosted the prestigious 2010 FIFA World Cup final. A closing ceremony was held before the final, featuring Shakira, the first person with 100 million followers on her main social media page. After the closing ceremony, her boyfriend Gerard Piqué played for Spain. The FIFA World Cup final was won by Spain after defeating the Netherlands. The Spanish football star Andrés Iniesta scored the only goal of the game. A few weeks later, the venue hosted a match between the national rugby union teams of South Africa and New Zealand. 94,000 people attended the game, which became a record crowd for a rugby union match in South Africa. The Kaizer Chiefs, the first South African sports club with 1 million followers on their main social media page, are the tenants of the stadium. Their matches against the Orlando Pirates, their arch-rivals, are known as Soweto derbies. In 2011, the first Soweto derby at the completely renovated FNB Stadium attracted a crowd of 92,000.

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