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The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace is a football, rugby and athletics stadium in Phokeng near Rustenburg, South Africa. It was built and is managed by the Royal Bafokeng Nation.[2] It is used as the home stadium for Premier Soccer League club Platinum Stars. The Leopards rugby team host large attendance matches during the Currie Cup at the stadium, instead of their usual home ground, Olën Park.

Royal Bafokeng Stadium
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng.jpg
Full nameRoyal Bafokeng Sports Palace
LocationR565 (Sun City Road), Phokeng, South Africa
Coordinates25°34′43″S 27°09′39″E / 25.5786°S 27.1607°E / -25.5786; 27.1607Coordinates: 25°34′43″S 27°09′39″E / 25.5786°S 27.1607°E / -25.5786; 27.1607
OwnerRoyal Bafokeng Nation
Capacity44,530[1]
Construction
Opened1999
Renovated2009
Expanded2009
Tenants
Platinum Stars

The capacity of the stadium was increased from 38,000 to 42,000 to be able to host five first round matches and one second round match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[3]

For the 2010 tournament, the main west stand was upgraded and enlarged and given a new cantilever roof. Other improvements include the installation of new electronic scoreboards, new seats, and the upgrading of the floodlights and public address system.

The stadium upgrade was completed in March 2009 for hosting 4 matches of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.[4]

Sporting and Miscellaneous eventsEdit

2009 FIFA Confederations CupEdit

Royal Bafokeng Stadium was one of the host venues for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Date Time (UTC+2) Team No. 1 Res. Team No. 2 Round Attendance
2009-06-14 20.30   New Zealand 0–5   Spain Group A 21,649
2009-06-17 20.30   South Africa 2–0   New Zealand Group A 36,598
2009-06-21 20.30   Egypt 0–3   USA Group B 23,140
2009-06-28 15.00   Spain 3–2   South Africa Third place match 31,788

2010 FIFA World CupEdit

In the World Cup, the stadium hosted five first round matches and one second round match and was the second smallest stadium for the tournament.

MatchesEdit

Date Time (UTC+2) Team No. 1 Res. Team No. 2 Round Attendance
2010-06-12 20.30   England 1–1   United States Group C 38,646
2010-06-15 13.30   New Zealand 1–1   Slovakia Group F 23,871
2010-06-19 16.00   Ghana 1–1   Australia Group D 34,812
2010-06-22 16.00   Mexico 0–1   Uruguay Group A 33,425
2010-06-24 20.30   Denmark 1–3   Japan Group E 27,967
2010-06-26 20.30   United States 1–2   Ghana Round of 16 34,976

2013 Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Royal Bafokeng Stadium served as one of the host venues for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Date Time (UTC+2) Team No. 1 Res. Team No. 2 Round Attendance
2013-01-22 17.00   Ivory Coast 2–1   Togo Group D 2,000
2013-01-22 20.00   Tunisia 1–0   Algeria Group D 8,000
2013-01-26 17.00   Ivory Coast 3–0   Tunisia Group D 20,000
2013-01-26 20.00   Algeria 0–2   Togo Group D 35,000
2013-01-29 20.00   Ethiopia 0–2   Nigeria Group C 15,000
2013-01-30 20.00   Algeria 2–2   Ivory Coast Group D 5,000
2013-02-03 17.00   Ivory Coast 1–2   Nigeria Quarter-finals 25,000

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Royal Bafokeng Stadium". Stuff. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Sports Palace | Royal Bafokeng Nation". Bafokeng.com. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Royal Bafokeng Stadium: 2010 Venue – Sportslens". soccerlens.com. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  4. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - Destination - FIFA". FIFA. Retrieved 19 April 2018.

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