The stadium was the site of Nelson Mandela’s first speech in Johannesburg after his release from prison in 1990
Soccer City, also known as FNB Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is located in the heart of South Africa and is the largest stadium on the continent.
Rebuilt and refurbished in 2009, Soccer City hosted the 2010 World Cup final where Spain won their first ever World Cup trophy.
GATE brings you everything you need to know about this architectural marvel.
Where is Soccer City?
Soccer City is located in Nasrec, a suburb in southwest Johannesburg that borders the city of Soweto. The stadium is located approximately five miles from Johannesburg’s CBD.
address: Soccer City Ave, Nasrec, Johannesburg, 2147, South Africa
Google Maps: You can find further directions to the stadium here
If you are coming from the N1 motorway, which runs west of the city, take exit 67 to Randskouweg. Turn onto Rand Show Road and continue until you reach the T-junction with Nasrec Road.
Turn left onto Nasrec Road and continue until you reach the stadium on the left.
On the other hand, if using the M1 motorway in Johannesburg, take the Nasrec Road exit, then turn right at the junction with Nasrec Road and continue until you see the stadium on your left.
Supporters can also use public transport to reach the stadium. The closest bus stops to the stadium are Soweto Hwy and Soccer City. It’s a 10-20 minute walk from either stop depending on which entrance you use.
When was Soccer City built?
The construction of Soccer City Stadium started in 1986 and it was officially opened 1989
It remained largely unchanged until 2009, when it underwent a major refurbishment as part of preparations to host the 2010 World Cup.
The stadium’s exterior was redesigned to resemble an African pot. While the mosaic paneling on the outside of fire and earthy color combinations with a ring of light running around the bottom of the structure is a marvel to behold.
Modifications inside the stadium ensured that no spectator was seated more than 100 meters (330 feet) from the field and had an unobstructed view of the live action.
What is the capacity of Soccer City Stadium?
The stadium had a capacity of 80,000 before the refurbishment, but now it can hold up 94,736 Persons.
However, for the World Cup, its capacity was limited to about 85,000 spectators.
Which teams play in Soccer City?
Soccer City’s main tenants are Kaiser Chiefswho play their home games there.
But the South African football and rugby union teams also use the pitch regularly.
In addition to the World Cup, it also hosted the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996 and 2013.
Does Soccer City host music concerts and other events?
Soccer City has hosted several pop sensations such as Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran.
Other events at the stadium include large Christian gatherings, the most recent of which in 2018 drew about 100,000 people.
While it hosted its first rugby union game in 2010, a match between South Africa and New Zealand. Since then, rugby matches have been regularly held at the stadium.
What is the Soccer City seating plan?
Visit the Football Tripper website for a Soccer City seating plan.
How to book a Soccer City Tour?
Soccer City offers guided stadium tours that include visits to the pitch, players’ tunnel, dressing rooms and warm-up areas.
Tours are available seven days a week, excluding event days, and last over an hour.
For bookings and more information, visit the stadium management website.