Location: Soccer City Ave, Nasrec, Johannesburg, 2147
First National Bank Stadium or simply FNB Stadium, also known as Soccer City and The Calabash, is a stadium located in Nasrec, bordering the Soweto area of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Opened in 1989 after a 3-year-long construction period, the Soccer City stadium is famous for being the site of Nelson Mandela’s first major public speech following his release from prison. It was also the site of Chris Hani’s funeral.
The stadium is located in Soweto Township and originally had a capacity of 80,000 but a major renovation undertaken in 2008 to prepare for the World Cup saw capacity rise to 94,700, making it the largest sports stadium on the African continent.
The venue is located next to the South African Football Association headquarters (SAFA House) where both the FIFA offices and is managed by Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA) and is a home ground of Kaizer Chiefs F.C. in the South African Premier Soccer League as well as key fixtures for the South African national football team (Bafana Bafana).