South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup Venues
Free State Stadium
The Free State Stadium was upgraded from a capacity of 38,000 to 40,911 during the refurbishments. The stadium has hosted numerous major football and rugby union matches, and Bloemfontein's natives are renowned for their passion for sport. While the former played second fiddle to the latter for decades, football's popularity explosion - aided by the emergence of Bloemfontein Celtic - is changing this. The Celtic fans are known as Siwelele, a Sotho term.
The stadium was given a plush new look for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup™. the Free State Stadium is likely to be the centre of attention during the FIFA World Cup™