Top 10 Best & Largest Stadiums in South Africa

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South African football has improved with so many good stadiums with a large capacity to host another world cup in the future. With good maintenance and the right funding, FIFA might give our nation another chance to bid for a football tournament.

Though top countries like Russia, England, and even Qatar are bidding for future football sporting competitions to be played in their respective stadiums because they have much-improved capacity and facilities.

Here are the best top 10 & largest stadiums in South Africa today with their capacity and pictures.

1. FNB Stadium

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FNB stadium photo

The FNB stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa is the best football stadium in Africa and South Africa at the moment, with a capacity of 94,736 seaters for spectators. The stadium was first opened in 1989 and was renovated and expanded in 2009 in order to prepare for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The stadium is also known as Soccer City and The Calabash and is home to Kaizer Chiefs F.C. FNB Stadium has hosted famous games since its construction, including the 1996 and 2013 African Cup of Nations and the 2010 world cup final game between Spain and Netherlands.

2. Ellis Park Stadium

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Ellis Park stadium photo

The Ellis Park Stadium, located in in the city of Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa, is the second largest in South Africa with a capacity of 62,567 people. The stadium was first opened in 1929 and was also renovated and expanded in 2009 in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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The stadium’s construction cost was around R40 Million and it is home to Lions (Cats until September 2006), Super Rugby Southern Hemisphere rugby competition, Golden Lions, and Currie Cup domestic rugby competition. It has hosted games of the 2010 world cup and the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

3. Odi Stadium

Odi Stadium

Odi Stadium photo

The Odi Stadium is the third largest stadium in South Africa. The stadium, located in  Mabopane, South Africa, has a capacity of up to 60,000 people. After its construction and opening in the late 1980s, the stadium has hosted many football matches, athletic competitions, and concerts.

The stadium boasts many facilities, including a soccer field, athletics track, field events, 2 changing rooms, 4 sets of male / female restrooms, 4 kiosks, VIP lounge & seating, security room, referee room, press room, control room, admin offices, generator room, stores, several indoor sporting areas, 4 high masts and 4 ticketing offices.

4. Moses Mabhida Stadium

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Moses Mabhida Stadium photo

The stadium in Durban, South Africa is the fourth largest with a capacity of 62,760. Officially opened on 28 November 2009, the stadium has hosted games from the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2013 African cup of nations.

The stadium is also a venue for several events, like bungee jumping, concerts, cricket, football, golf practice, motorsports, and rugby union.

5. Cape Town Stadium

Cape Town Stadium

Cape Town Stadium photo

Fifth on our list is the Cape Town Stadium which is located in Cape Town, South Africa. The stadium was known as Green Point Stadium during the planning stage and is the home of Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City.

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Cape Town Stadium has a capacity of 55,000 and a construction cost of R4.4 billion. In the World Cup, Cape Town Stadium hosted five first-round matches, one second round, one quarter-final, and one semi-final game.

6. Kings Park Stadium

Kings Park Stadium

Kings Park Stadium photo

The Kings Park Stadium which is also known as Jonsson Kings Park Stadium is located in the Kings Park Sporting Precinct in Durban, South Africa. It is the sixth largest in South Africa with a capacity of 52,000 people and the home ground of the Sharks.

The stadium hosted games of the 1995 Rugby World Cup held in South Africa and games of the 1996 African Cup of Nations.

7. Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Loftus Versfeld Stadium photo

The Loftus Versfeld stadium, located in the Arcadia suburb of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa has a capacity of 51,762 people. The stadium was built in 1906 and was officially opened in 1923. It was renovated in 1977 and expanded in 2008.

The stadium is the home ground of the Bulls and the Blue Bulls union in South Africa’s Currie Cup. It has hosted games of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is home to Mamelodi Sundowns.

8. Newlands Stadium

Newlands Stadium

Newlands Stadium photo

The Newlands stadium is the eighth largest stadium in South Africa. The stadium, located in  Cape Town, South Africa, has a capacity of up to 51,900 people. After its opening in 1888, and renovation in 1919, the stadium has hosted many rugby games.

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It is known to be the oldest rugby stadium in South Africa and the second-oldest rugby stadium in the world.

9. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium photo

The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium which is located in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa has a capacity of 46,000. This makes it one of the largest stadiums in Africa and the ninth biggest stadium in South Africa.

The stadium was officially opened in 2009. It was also renovated and expanded that same year. It hosted games of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

10. Peter Mokaba Stadium

Peter Mokaba Stadium

Peter Mokaba Stadium photo

The final biggest stadium on our list is the Peter Mokaba Stadium. It is a football and rugby union stadium that is located in Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa. It has a capacity of 45,500 and was named after Peter Mokaba.

The stadium was officially opened in 2010 and had a construction cost of R1.245 billion. It was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and hosted four Group matches during the tournament.

The Largest Stadiums In South Africa

Rank Stadium Capacity City Province
1 FNB Stadium 94,736 Johannesburg Gauteng
2 Ellis Park Stadium 62,567 Johannesburg Gauteng
3 Odi Stadium 60,000 Mabopane Gauteng
4 Moses Mabhida Stadium 62,760  Durban KwaZulu-Natal
5 Cape Town Stadium 55,000 Cape Town Western Cape
6 Kings Park Stadium 52,000 Durban KwaZulu-Natal
7 Loftus Versfeld Stadium 51,762 Pretoria Gauteng
8 Newlands Stadium 51,900 Cape Town Western Cape
9 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 46,000 Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape
10 Peter Mokaba Stadium 45,000 Polokwane Limpopo

The table published above offers a complete look at the 10 largest stadiums located in South Africa. What’s your thought on all these biggest & top stadiums in South Africa

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