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FIFA World Cup 2010 – Venues Announced
The 2010 FIFA World Cup 2010 will take place in South Africa from 11th of June 2010 to 11th of July 2010, and 64 matches will be play between the 32 teams. Ten venues have been officially declared by the FIFA as hosts for these important soccer games.

Some facts about these Venues:-
— Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg having capacity of 38000 sitting which is increase to 42000 for this World Cup. This stadium has electronic board and new light system.
— Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane was newly built for this World Cup. In this arena, four matches will be hosted.
— Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein having 48000 sitting capacity will host many matches of this World Cup.
— Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit is another newly build stadium having 46000 seats.
— Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth is the one of most high tech and modern stadiums in South Africa. In this arena, the first and second round matches will be played.
— Johannesburg Stadium in Soccer City is third largest capacity stadium in SA. This stadium is renovated for this World Cup and will host opening match along with other 6 matches and also grand final match.
— Ellis Park Stadium was oldest in all these the stadium and was constructed in 1928.
— Green Point Stadium in Cape Town is a new stadium for the World Cup 2010. It will host 8 matches including one semi final match.
— Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban is the new stadium having 70000 seating capacity.

Stampede!
Thousands of soccer fans stampeded outside a stadium Sunday before an exhibition game between Nigeria and North Korea, leaving 15 people injured, including one police officer who was seriously hurt.

Several fans fell under the rush of people, many wearing Nigeria jerseys. The Makhulong Stadium in the Johannesburg suburb seats about 12,000 fans.

The mayhem happened only five days before the start of the World Cup, the first to be held in Africa.

“At this moment we have 14 civilians that were slightly injured in the process, one policeman seriously injured,” police spokesman Lt. Col. Eugene Opperman said outside the stadium. The injured were being treated at a hospital, he said.

Opperman said tickets for the game were given out for free outside the stadium.

USA ahead on Tourist Numbers
As the sport’s quadrennial spectacle, the World Cup, unfolds over the next month, starting Friday with the South Africa-Mexico match in Johannesburg, the largest number of ticket holders will come not from traditional soccer strongholds like England, Brazil or Germany but the United States.

According to the South African organizing committee and FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, more than 130,000 of the 2.8 million tickets were purchased by U.S. residents, the highest total by any country other than South Africa. Donald Gips, U.S. ambassador to South Africa, estimated that between 25,000 and 40,000 Americans would attend some of the 64 matches.

News Courtesy: Washington post, Huffington Post, MediaNewsWire