2010 FIFA World Cup fever in Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa
Free State Stadium was substantially upgraded in advance of the 1995 Rugby
World Cup, and the structure now stands as a fully functioning venue for
international sports events.
Situated within the city's sports precinct, the Stadium is only a few minutes' drive from proposed Fifa and team hotels.
This dedicated sporting environment, which includes in close proximity independent stadiums for cricket, hockey, athletics and swimming, as well as several secondary fields, has been repeatedly proven ideal for the application of safety and security, the provision of ample parking and the presentation of excellent corporate hospitality.
Six thousand VIP guests can be entertained, some in uniquely converted luxury train carriages placed conveniently behind the main stand. In advance of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, a second tier will be added to the main grandstand on the western side of the ground, increasing the net capacity beyond the 40 000-mark required for venues to stage first and second round matches.
Additionally, new turnstiles will be erected, the floodlights will be upgraded, electronic scoreboards will be installed and the sound system will be revamped to the required standards. By then, the Free State Stadium will be ready to welcome both participating teams and visiting supporters to a world class venue.
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