Located in Rustenburg, in South Africa's North West Province, the Royal Bafokeng Stadium was originally built for the 1995 Rugby World Cup, but is now considered primarily a football arena.
The stadium was entirely funded by the Royal Bafokeng Nation, which is an administrative entity presiding over the world's most prosperous platinum mines.
This internal wealth helped ensure that the stadium was designed to very high-spec, and needed little changes to bring it up to standard for the World Cup. Indeed, an increased seating capacity to 42,000, a new cantilever roof, and new electronic scoreboards, floodlights and a public address system were the sum total of the upgrades made.
Royal Bafokeng Stadium will host five first-round matches and one second-round match at the 2010 World Cup.
The closest international airport to Rustenberg is in Johannesburg, which connects to cities across the world, and is around a 90-minute drive away.
Once in Rustenberg, visitors using a hire car can make use of the park-and-ride facilities to reach the stadium on match days. Hubs to leave your car and hop on a bus will be located on several main roads leading into Rustenberg.
Alternatively, frequent shuttle buses will connect downtown Rustenberg with the stadium.
Rustenberg is a popular base for visits to two of the area's best attractions: the Pilanesberg National Park and Sun City.
Sun City has escaped its reputation as a haven for illegal gambling and is now considered an all-round family entertainment centre. It is brash and loud, but lots of fun, boasting two world-class golf courses, a water park, casinos, cinema, bars, restaurants, shops and more.
At the heart of the complex is Lost City, a theme park featuring a vast pool and beach area, numerous water slides and a wave-making machine - as well as simulated earthquakes, jungle trails and a variety of rides.
Neighbouring Sun City is the Pilanesberg National Park, an artificially-created game reserve, The park’s 650 square kilometres offers everything from buffalos, elephants, leopards, lions and rhinos roaming free, to zebras, giraffes, antelopes, jackals, hippos and all the birdlife you could hope for.
Another popular day out is the Hartebeespoort Dam, 40km to the west of Rustenberg, where you will find impressive scenery, water sports, and the Welwitschia Country Market.
Eating out in Rustenberg is a popular activity, with the Waterfall shopping mall, 5km east of town, boasting plenty of good eateries, particularly the Spur steakhouse, the Cape Town Fish Market, and the Piatto pasta joint.
For those who want to simply immerse themselves in the city’s World Cup
fervour, the official FIFA Fan Park will be located in the grounds of
the Olympia Park Stadium – 2km from the town centre. This is where
ticketless fans will head to catch the action on the big-screen and
indulge in drinking, eating and entertainment.