Peter Mokaba Stadium

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Peter Mokaba Stadium
Location Magazyn St., Polokwane, South Africa
Coordinates 23°55′29″S 29°28′08″E / 23.924689°S 29.468765°E / -23.924689; 29.468765Coordinates: 23°55′29″S 29°28′08″E / 23.924689°S 29.468765°E / -23.924689; 29.468765
Owner City of Polokwane
Capacity 41,733
Surface Rye Grass with Desso GrassMaster
Construction
Opened 2010
Construction cost Rand 1.24 billion
(USD $ 150 million)
Tenants
Limpopo Polokwane City FC

The Peter Mokaba Stadium is a football and rugby union stadium in Polokwane (formerly Pietersburg), South Africa, that was used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It has a capacity of 45,500 but for the purposes of the 2010 FIFA World Cup the seating capacity was reduced to 41,733.[1] and was named after Peter Mokaba, a former leader of the ANC Youth League. It is located 3 kilometers from the city center and is located just east of the existing Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The stadium is one of five new stadiums that were built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Initial plans to upgrade the existing Old Peter Mokaba Stadium were abandoned in favour of the R1,245,000,000 (ZAR) new Peter Mokaba stadium.

The stadium was used intensely for training and matches. Therefore the natural grass has been reinforced with artificial fibers, which anchors the field into a stable and a level grass surface: Desso GrassMaster.

2010 World Cup[edit]

The stadium hosted four Group matches during the tournament.

Date Time (UTC+2) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
13 June 2010 13.30 Algeria Algeria 0–1 Slovenia Slovenia Group C 30,325[2]
17 June 2010 20.30 France France 0–2 Mexico Mexico Group A 35,370
22 June 2010 20.30 Greece Greece 0–2 Argentina Argentina Group B 38,891
24 June 2010 16.00 Paraguay Paraguay 0–0 New Zealand New Zealand Group F 34,850

Football[edit]

The first event at the stadium was the Peter Mokaba Cup, held on 23 January 2010. It was a 4 team, friendly tournament, which served as the stadium's opening event. In the first semi-final, Supersport United beat Danish side Brøndby 2–1. In the second semi-final, Kaizer Chiefs advanced after beating Wits 4–3 on penalties, after a goalless draw. Kaizer Chiefs defeated Supersport United 4–2 in the final.[3]

The first international game played at the stadium was the international friendly between South Africa and Guatemala on 31 May 2010, which South Africa won 5–0.[4]

The stadium hosted its first competitive football match on 20 November 2010.[5] Kaizer Chiefs opted to host their 2010–11 Telkom Knockout semi-final against Santos at the stadium. The match ended 1–0 to Kaizer Chiefs.

Rugby[edit]

The stadium hosted its first rugby union match on 30 January 2010. The match was a Super 14 warm up match, played for the Xerox Cup. It was contested by the Bulls and Lions.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.fifa.com
  2. ^ Dawkes, Phil (2010-06-13). "Algeria 0–1 Slovenia". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Chiefs win Peter Mokaba Cup". News24. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "World Cup 2010: Aaron Mokoena poised to win 100th cap". BBC Sport. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chiefs to play in Polokwane". News24. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bulls v Lions to open stadium". News24. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 

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