Two World Cup stadiums open in South Africa

South Africa’s final plans for the World Cup are beginning after two of the new stadiums will be opened this weekend to the public.

The 70,000 capacity Cape Town stadium and the 45,000 capacity Peter Mokaba stadium in Polakwane will each have a football match played in them in a couple of days to test out the new facilities. The Cape Town venue will see Ajax Cape Town take on Santos whilst the Mokaba arena will host a four team one day tournament that includes three South Africa sides and Danish club Brondby.

Both stadiums will not be at full capacity on Saturday as they wish to test facilities first. Cape Town has already sold out 20,000 tickets whilst the Mokaba ground is selling 30,000 seats for the tournament.

As a result, only two stadiums are left to be completed before the tournament begins in June. These are the Soccer City ground, where the opening match and final will be played, and the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit. Soccer City is actually planning to open their doors next month if everything goes to plan. Nelspruit’s new arena has been forced to relay it’s pitch after drainage problems postponed the previous December opening.

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