20 May 2010

World Cup final stadium opens this weekend

8:06 am on 20 May 2010

The stadium that'll host the World Cup football final on the 12th of July will open its doors to the public this weekend, and organisers are hoping to attract 80,000 to Johannesburg's Soccer City for the South African FA Cup final.

The imposing arena, on the outskirts of the city, is the last of the World Cup venues to be officially opened, having undergone an almost complete renovation.

The inaugural game at the revamped venue had been saved for this weekend's cup final although hopes for a sell-out crowd have been dashed by the progress of two unfancied teams to the final.

The stadium's capacity is 94,700 but it's been reduced to 80,000 for security reasons.

There's parking for approximately 19,000 cars within the perimeter of the stadium.