The FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, more commonly referred to as ‘Soccer City’, has emerged as an iconic venue after the 2010 FIFA World Cup and, more recently, the 2013 Cup of Nations.
Once a site for a famous discourse delivered by ‘Father of the Nation’ Nelson Mandela, the space has resonance both as a national symbol for South Africa, and as a modern venue for a sporting spectacle.
A further nickname, ‘The Calabash’, also alludes to the stadium’s importance in an African context as a symbol for the continent’s sport on a global sphere.
With a current capacity of 94,736, the arena was, most famously, the stage for Spain’s inaugural World Cup win—their extra time victory over the Netherlands in 2010. However, it is hard to forget South Africa’s emphatic, momentous, Afcon win over Tunisia in the 1996 final—soccer’s very own ‘Invictus’ moment.
Nigeria fans will also forever have the stadium emblazoned in their minds, as it was the location for Sunday Mba’s Burkina Faso-slaying winner, and their third Afcon triumph.