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Ellis Park

Central, Johannesburg, N/A, South Africa

Venue Description
The site of the 1995 Rugby World Cup final - when South Africa tore up the formbook to defeat New Zealand and Nelson Mandela famously donned a green Springbok shirt to present the trophy to home skipper Francois Pienaar - Ellis Park may be a shrine to the scrum and the ruck, but it is no stranger to football either. Orlando Pirates, where the likes of Mark Fish and Teko Modise have plied their trade, call the ground home. Also known by its commercial name of Coca-Cola Park, the ground did not require extensive modernisation to meet FIFA standards and is located south-west of the city's central business district in New Doornfontein. Supporters can reach it by rail, getting off at Doornfontein or Ellis Park stations, or by using the park-and-ride facilities. In 2001, it was the scene of the country's worst sporting disaster when more than 40 spectators were killed in a stampede during a football match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. As many as 120,000 were believed to have been inside the stadium at the time. It will stage five group games, a second-round match and one of the quarter-finals.