Thirty-two teams, 31 days, 10 stadiums and nine host cities—when you look at the 2010 FIFA World Cup by the numbers, it seems so overwhelming. Well don’t freak out quite yet. We’ve put together a cheat sheet to help you understand the chaos of the world’s best international soccer tournament.
Located at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa is known for its wine, production of gold, bleak history of apartheid and its illustrious leader Nelson Mandela. This year the country can add host to the 2010 FIFA World Cup to its resume.
The matches start on June 11 and continue through July 11. Maps of venues and schedules of matches are easily accessible on the FIFA World Cup website, as is a complete list of every country that is being represented in the Cup.
With out further ado, here is a list of cities that are hosting matches and their corresponding venues. Included are FIFA Fan Fest locations—official public viewing events for those who don’t have tickets to matches.
Venues: Soccer City Stadium & Ellis Park Stadium
FIFA Fan Fest Locations: Elkah Stadium in Soweto & InnesFree Park in Sandton
Venue: Green Point Stadium
FIFA Fan Fest Location: Grand Parade
Venue: Loftus Versfeld Stadium
FIFA Fan Fest Location: Centurion Cricket Ground
Venue: Durban Stadium
FIFA Fan Fest Location: New Beach
Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
FIFA Fan Fest Location: St. Georges Park
Venue: Free State Stadium
FIFA Fan Fest Location: Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre
Venue: Mbombela Stadium
FIFA Fan Fest Location: Bergvlam High School
Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium
FIFA Fan Fest Location: Polokwane Cricket Club
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium
FIFA Fan Fest Location: Fields College
Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg. Photo: shine2010
Weather: May through July is the winter season in South Africa. Some cities will enjoy warm days with cool nights while others will experience clouds and rain. Be sure to check weather details before traveling to particular cities.
Money: ATMs are ubiquitous in the various cities of South Africa, but be sure to either withdraw cash prior to entering match venues or have a Visa card. Visas are the only cards accepted within the venues.
Arrival to Matches: Arrive two hours early (at least) to avoid complete chaos or even missing some of the match.
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For up to the date information on all things World Cup, please visit the FIFA website at www.fifa.com/worldcup/index.html.