The First National Bank Stadium (FNB Stadium) is located in Nasrec in the Soweto area of Johannesburg. The stadium served as the main venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and is the largest stadium in Africa, with a maximum capacity of nearly 95,000 people.
Take in Africa’s largest sports venueFNB Stadium, home to South Africa's national football team, is also known as ‘The Calabash,' which is the name of the African gourd that served as the inspiration for the stadium’s design. The mosaic tiles that cover the building’s exterior feature a varying degree of earth tones that mimic the gourd’s color, while the ring of lights around the bottom symbolize the fire that burns underneath the gourd when it is used for cooking.
Constructed in 1989, FNB Stadium is located next to the South African Football Association’s headquarters, which also served as the headquarters for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, thousands of fans filled the stadium to watch the opening ceremony as well as the numerous games throughout the competition.
The stadium is regarded as a historically significant place in South Africa, because Nelson Mandela made his first speech in Johannesburg after his release from prison at the stadium.