Royal Bafokeng Stadium

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Royal Bafokeng Stadium
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng.jpg
Full name Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace
Location R565 (Sun City Road), Phokeng, South Africa
Coordinates 25°34′43″S 27°09′39″E / 25.5786°S 27.1607°E / -25.5786; 27.1607Coordinates: 25°34′43″S 27°09′39″E / 25.5786°S 27.1607°E / -25.5786; 27.1607
Opened 1999
Renovated 2009
Expanded 2009
Owner Royal Bafokeng Nation
Capacity 42,000[1]
Tenants
Platinum Stars

The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace is a football, rugby and athletics stadium in Phokeng near Rustenburg, South Africa. It was built and is managed by the Royal Bafokeng Nation.[2] It is used as the home stadium for Premier Soccer League club Platinum Stars. The Leopards rugby team host large attendance matches during the Currie Cup at the stadium, instead of their usual home ground, Olën Park.

The capacity of the stadium was increased from 38,000 to 42,000 to be able to host five first round matches and one second round match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[3]

For the 2010 tournament, the main west stand was upgraded and enlarged and given a new cantilever roof. Other improvements include the installation of new electronic scoreboards, new seats, and the upgrading of the floodlights and public address system.

The stadium upgrade was completed in March 2009 for hosting 4 matches of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.[4]

Sporting and Miscellaneous events[edit]

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Royal Bafokeng Stadium was one of the host venues for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Date Time (UTC+2) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
2009-06-14 20.30 New Zealand New Zealand 0–5 Spain Spain Group A 21,649
2009-06-17 20.30 South Africa South Africa 2–0 New Zealand New Zealand Group A 36,598
2009-06-21 20.30 Egypt Egypt 0–3 United States USA Group B 23,140
2009-06-28 15.00 Spain Spain 3–2 South Africa South Africa Third place match 31,788

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

In the World Cup, the stadium hosted five first round matches and one second round match and was the second smallest stadium for the tournament.

Matches[edit]

Date Time (UTC+2) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
2010-06-12 20.30 England England 1–1 United States United States Group C 38,646
2010-06-15 13.30 New Zealand New Zealand 1–1 Slovakia Slovakia Group F 23,871
2010-06-19 16.00 Ghana Ghana 1–1 Australia Australia Group D 34,812
2010-06-22 16.00 Mexico Mexico 0–1 Uruguay Uruguay Group A 33,425
2010-06-24 20.30 Denmark Denmark 1–3 Japan Japan Group E 27,967
2010-06-26 20.30 United States United States 1–2 Ghana Ghana Round of 16 34,976

2013 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Royal Bafokeng Stadium served as one of the host venues for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Date Time (UTC+2) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
2013-01-22 17.00 Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 2–1 Togo Togo Group D 2,000
2013-01-22 20.00 Tunisia Tunisia 1–0 Algeria Algeria Group D 8,000
2013-01-26 17.00 Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 3–0 Tunisia Tunisia Group D 20,000
2013-01-26 20.00 Algeria Algeria 0–2 Togo Togo Group D 35,000
2013-01-29 20.00 Ethiopia Ethiopia 0–2 Nigeria Nigeria Group C 15,000
2013-01-30 20.00 Algeria Algeria 2–2 Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire Group D 5,000
2013-02-03 17.00 Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 1–2 Nigeria Nigeria Quarter-finals 25,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://soccerlens.com/royal-bafokeng-stadium/43794/
  2. ^ "Sports Palace | Royal Bafokeng Nation". Bafokeng.com. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  3. ^ http://soccerlens.com/royal-bafokeng-stadium/43794/
  4. ^ http://www.fifa.com/confederationscup/destination/stadiums/stadium=5007767/index.html

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