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Port Elizabeth

North, Port Elizabeth, N/A, South Africa

Venue Description
Such is the influence of the iconic Nelson Mandela in these parts that there was only one person the city's brand-new World Cup stadium could be named after and the 48,000 capacity venue, built at a cost of $150 million, certainly does him proud. Functional, pleasing on the eye and in an utopian setting in the North End of Port Elizabeth on the shores of North End Lake, it really is pretty as a picture when the lights come on. A light and airy three-tier design with two rings of sky boxes and a trademark wave-like roof design, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium was the first of the 2010 new-builds to be completed and will play host to five first-round matches, a second-round tie, a quarter-final and the third-place play-off. An arena constructed specifically for football, it will be all the better for not boasting an athletics track. The closer you get to the action, the more exciting the games should be. Close to the N2 motorway, the stadium is a short bus or cab ride from the vast range of B&Bs, self-catering accommodation and hotels on the beachfront. Driving direct to the ground is a further option, though you will have to be snappy to grab one of the 1,280 general parking bays. The city's official Fan Park will be held at the sport stadium in St George's Park in the suburb of Park Drive. It will have room for up to 30,000 supporters of the beautiful game.