Peter Mokaba Stadium

Peter Mokaba Stadium

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Name: Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane

Built: 2010

Cost: $150 million

Capacity: 46,000

Home to: No Clubs

WORLD CUP MATCHES

June 13, Algeria vs. Slovenia

June 17, France vs. Mexico

June 22, Greece vs. Argentina

June 24, Paraguay vs. New Zealand

Trivia:Didier Drogba made his international debut

for the Ivory Coast at the old Peter Mokaba stadium.

VENUE INFORMATION

Few grounds in South Africa can compete with the Peter

Mokaba venue in terms of historical signifcance.

The stadium was named after one of the renowned sons of the

struggle and emancipation of South Africa against the apartheid

regime.

The new stadium, built next to the old Peter Mokaba stadium so

rich in history, borrows from the surrounding landscape,

highlighted by the supporting roof structures which borrow nature’s

design from the local Baobab tree.

CITY INFORMATION

Situated at the center of the Limpopo Province, Polokwane is

a diverse city of just over 500,000 inhabitants. Surrounded by

majestic mountains, this city is home to the famous upside down

‘Baobab,’ the largest and most iconic tree in

Africa.

HISTORY

Originally known as Pietersburg, Polokwane means

‘Place of Safety’ to the region’s locals. It is

surrounded by three of South Africa’s neighbors –

Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It is also an archeological

hotbed with the region’s first settlers, the Mapungubwe,

having arrived over 2,000 years ago. If the history of evolution

thrills you, then you’ve come to the right place. Makapan’s

Cave is an aspiring paleontologist’s dream with deposits

tracing back to the dawn of man. However, if you wish to visit the

famous cave, you need to have a permit in advance.

ACCOMODATION

Polokwane is also a city that knows how to relax and one of

the best places to do that after a busy day of sightseeing is the

Jembe Tavern. Locals and tourists alike pack the place each and

every night of the week. But if you’re interested in throwing

down some cards, then Meropa Casino and Entertainment World is the

place to go.