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South Africa stadia await 2010

2010-05-19 07:06:19 GMT2010-05-19 15:06:19 (Beijing Time)

South Africa's main World Cup Stadiums in Johannesburg await an influx of fans

This is where the biggest trophy in sport will be won.

Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg is primed and ready for a influx of excited fans, with a seating capacity of 95,000.

The stadium will play a vital role in the 2010 World Cup, from hosting the opening match of the tournament between South Africa and Mexico, to hosting the final itself.

Several group matches including Brazil/Ivory Coast and Holland/Denmark will also be played at the venue.

Ellis park, also in South Africa's largest city, has a capacity of 60,000.

The stadium will host one quarter final match and a number of group games, including Argentina/Nigeria and Slovakia against World Cup holders Italy.

And in nearby Rustenburg, just an hour or two outside Johannesburg, is The Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

With 40,000 seats, the venue will host five group matches including England/USA and Mexico/Uruguay, as well as a match in a later round.

These venues and others around South Africa will be the first African stadia in history to host World Cup games.

The first match of the tournament kicks off on June 11.

Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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