Peter Mokaba Stadium
|Location||Magazyn St., Polokwane, South Africa|
|Owner||City of Polokwane|
|Surface||Rye Grass with Desso GrassMaster|
|Construction cost||Rand 1.24 billion
(USD $ 150 million)
|Limpopo Blue Bulls 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. 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
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||0–1||Slovenia||Group C||30,325|
|17 June 2010||20.30||France||0–2||Mexico||Group A||35,370|
|22 June 2010||20.30||Greece||0–2||Argentina||Group B||38,891|
|24 June 2010||16.00||Paraguay||0–0||New Zealand||Group F||34,850|
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.
The stadium hosted its first competitive football match on 20 November 2010. 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.
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- "Chiefs win Peter Mokaba Cup". News24. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
- "World Cup 2010: Aaron Mokoena poised to win 100th cap". BBC Sport. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- "Chiefs to play in Polokwane". News24. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
- "Bulls v Lions to open stadium". News24. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
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