World Cup 2010 Stadium Guide – Green Point Stadium, Cape Town

The Green Point Stadium is one of the most impressive venues in the tournament and also one of the most sought after venues at the World Cup. This £226.5m architectural triumph is based in Cape Town and is a 70 000 all-seater, multi-purpose, state of the art, environmentally sustainable master-piece of stadium design. The project, although at one point being behind schedule, was actually completed early and now boasts that it is one of the most sophisticated in the world. Situated between the mountains and the sea, the main feature of the stadium is a huge retractable glass roof that allows natural light on to the pitch, although failing this, there are 360 inner spotlights. The stadium will also be used after the World Cup for concerts and other major events as well as playing host to Cape Town’s two football teams Ajax Cape Town and Santos.

Cape Town – known as the ‘Mother City’ and one of the most beautiful cities in South Africa – it would be easier to write about what the city hasn’t got than what it has. Table Top Mountain lies on one side of the city and is a must for all travellers – the aerial cable way will take you right to the top for breath-taking views of the Cape. After this there are Cape Town’s many white beaches that all have different activities on each, from relaxing, family beaches, horse riding or surfing. The city centre is a beautiful mix of Colonial buildings and gardens and has a picture postcard look to it. The bars and restaurants are varied and will cater for all tastes no matter how expensive or cheap, while the city itself is a tourist attraction throwing up numerous points of interest. Cape Town is certainly the most picturesque venue for this World Cup with an incredible number of attractions, so much so that you will have to remember to actually watch some football.

The Green Point Stadium hosts eight fantastic games in this World Cup, starting on June 11 with South American World Cup veterans Uruguay who face France in what could prove to be a classic. Next up will be world champions Italy who visit Cape Town to take on Paraguay in a game that the Azzurri will not want to slip up in. Next come the English and their army of supporters who will no doubt bask in all Cape Town’s delights as they hope to turn over an Algerian side that are seen to have no chance. Portugal, with all their skill and flair, will hope to be too strong for Korea DPR before the final group game sees an entertaining and possibly decisive tie between Cameroon and the Netherlands. The second round game will then be played on the June 29 which could end up being Portugal vs. Spain if the experts are correct, followed by the quarter-finals on the July 3. The Green Point Stadium also has the honour of hosting one of the semi-finals which is a fitting tribute to the quality of both the city and the stadium.


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