"Tour Soccer City, World Cup 2010 final venue!" Top 5 Page for this destination Soccer City, FNB Stadium Tip by CatherineReichardt

  Soccer City, affectionately known as The Calabash
by CatherineReichardt

For those who weren't lucky enough to be here for the World Cup 2010 (or didn't manage to get tickets to the games) the Parktown and Westcliff Heritage Trust is offering a walking tour of Soccer City (now known as FNB Stadium), which was the venue for the opening match and final of the tournament on Saturday 14 November. I was there for the Germany vs Ghana group game, and can attest to the fact that it is a stunning structure and arguably one of the most beautiful sports stadia in the world!

The blurb from the website goes as follows:
"For those who weren?t lucky enough to see a match during the World Cup this is a most exciting outing. The stadium has its own extraordinary history. It was here Nelson Mandela was welcomed home to Jo?burg and to his place in history. Chris Hani?s funeral was held here as South Africa held its breath and the miracle happened. Then came the World Cup and a stadium which glittered in the evening light, ringing to the blast of the vuvuzelas in the biggest venue of them all.
"You don?t have to like soccer or rugby to be proud of this achievement. The guide is provided by the FNB Stadium.
MEET : Pascale Petit
PARK : FNB Stadium
DURATION : Approximately one hours
COST : R110.00 includes entrance fee of R80.00 per person
MAX No : 30"

This is just one of a regular programme of walks run by the Trust - see the website below for details. Perhaps one of the most interesting forthcoming attractions are walks through the historic Westcliff suburb on 30 October and 6 November when the jacarandas will be in full bloom: an ideal (and safe) way to stretch your legs and appreciate Jo'burg's much underrated architecture heritage!

Address: Gate 2, Nasrec & Rand Show Road, Johannesburg
Phone: +27 (0)11 247 5300
Website: http://www.parktownheritage.co.za/quartprog.htm

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  • Updated Apr 12, 2011
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