Located in the city of Polokwane in the north east of South Africa, Pete Mokaba stadium is named after an anti-apartheid campaigner born in the same city.
The venue has actually been built next to the former Pete Mokaba stadium, after plans to upgrade the old stadium were scrapped in favour of building an entirely new one.
Boasting a 46,000 capacity and costing approximately £93 million to build, the stadium will host four first-round matches at the 2010 World Cup. After the tournament, the arena will become home to local soccer teams and will also stage rugby events.
The closest major international airport to Polokwane is in Johannesburg, which connects to cities across the world. From Johannesburg you can take an internal flight to Polokwane.
Once in Polokwane, the stadium is 5km south of the city centre along Dorp Street. Shuttle buses will offer services between the stadium and downtown.
Situated on the famous Great North road to Zimbabwe, Polokwane is a pleasant and understated city of wide streets, Jacaranda trees, colourful parks and sparkling fountains.
The city has a compact, neatly set-out centre, making it easily navigable by foot. Public transport in the region has improved in recent years, but those looking to do any level of exploring would be best-served hiring a car.
From the top tier of the Pete Mokaba Stadium, you should be able to catch a glimpse of the giraffes, zebras and rhinos in the nearbt game reserve, one of the city's most popular attractions. Covering 3,250 hectares, it's one of the largest municipal reserves in South Africa, providing a habitat for such exotic creatures as the rare white rhino and sable antelope.
One thing you can be assured of in Polokwane is eating well. The region is South Africa's richest agriculturally, specialising in wonderful fruit, vegetables, cereals and tea.
At the Farmyard Trading Post Restaurant, a country-style oasis located 5km to the east of town, visitors are presented with mouth-watering cheese, breads, pastries and great on-site meals.
In the city's main shopping mall – the Savannah, on the eastern fringes of the city – takeaways and chain restaurants abound. Cafe society, too, is provided for at the mall in the shape of the Brazilian Cafe and Cafe Rossini, while the Cock 'n' Bull, a busy sports bar in the Savannah, which dishes up tasty pizzas and burgers, should also come into its own in World Cup month.
A popular entertainment nightspot is the Meropa Casino on the outskirts of the city. Besides the mandatory blackjack, roulette and slot machines, the complex also hosts a bird and snake sanctuary, go-kart racing and mini-golf.
For a day trip, south-east of town is the fascinating Bakone Malapa Museum, a recreated village of the Northern Sotho people who lived here 300 years ago.