First National Bank Stadium (FNB Stadium), also known as The Calabash and Soccer City, is a stadium located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The place is home to Kaizer Chiefs F.C in the South African Premier League, as well as the key games for the South African national soccer team. Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA) manages the venue. It is situated next to the headquarters of the South African Football Association (SAFA), where both the Local Organizing Committee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the FIFA offices were located.
The unique design of the FNB Stadium is much appreciated internationally and it is often fondly known as the "Calabash" after being rebuilt with a tune of ZAR 3.3 billion in time for the first African World Cup in 2010. Designed as the association's main football venue for the World Cup, the FNB Stadium became the largest stadium with a seating capacity of 94,736 in Africa. Although, its maximum capacity during the 2010 FIFA World Cup was 84,490 due to seats reserved for the VIPs and press. The stadium is known by the name "The Calabash" due to its resemblance with the African pot or gourd. It was the location of the first speech of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg after his release from prison in 1990, a few days after he was released from prison where he served for 27 years. The Stadium also served as a place for a memorial service tribute for Mandela on December 10, 2013.
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