Ellis Park ready for action
Ellis Park stadium will always hold a special place in the hearts of all South Africans after the South African rugby team beat New Zealand to lift the 1995 Rugby World Cup trophy soon after being allowed back onto the world sporting stage.
It was a moment that brought the people of South Africa together in celebration as the iconic scenes of Nelson Mandela holding the trophy at Ellis Park were beamed around the world.
A stadium with such history and emotion behind it deserves to be treated well and 14 years on it has received a facelift to host both the FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ one year later.
Ellis Park has been transformed into a world-class stadium that will thrill both teams and fans alike. The stadium, which will be hosting both the opening match, between South Africa and Asian champions Iraq as well as the final, underwent minor upgrades to host the tournament.
The biggest work package has been the new tier on the north stand which has increased the seating capacity to 62,000.
With state-of-the-art media centres, team Jacuzzis, top-class VIP areas for dignitaries, facilities for disabled fans, a world class pitch and with a top notch audio-visual setup to keep the fans informed during the game, no one will be left disappointed after the dust has settled after the final whistle on 28 June.
As the eight teams, the hundreds and thousands of fans and the global television audience - expected to top a cumulative figure of nine billion - prepare themselves for the FIFA Confederations Cup, Johannesburg's Ellis Park stadium is now well and truly ready.
"The stadium is complete, the precinct is complete. Everything is ready and we are now just waiting excitedly for the teams," said 2010 Coordinator for the city of Johannesburg, Sibongile Mazibuko.
With the FIFA Confederations Cup around the corner many South Africans are hoping that the magic of Ellis Park can once more rub off on Bafana Bafana as they campaign for the title of ‘champions of champions' this June.