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First new 2010 stadium opened

The Nelson Mandela bay stadium in Port Elizabeth
The new Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium has officially been opened

South Africa's first newly-built 2010 World Cup stadium officially opened on Sunday in Port Elizabeth a year before kick-off next June.

"For us today's first opening of a newly-built 2010 World Cup stadium is a huge boost," said local organising committee chief Danny Jordaan.

Eight 2010 games will be played at 48,000 seat Nelson Mandela Bay stadium.

But the first game in the stadium will be a rugby match between the British and Irish Lions and the Southern Kings.

"It demonstrates the capacity of South Africa's construction industry and our commitment to deliver on all our 2010 Fifa World Cup promises," Jordaan added.

The Confederations Cup, seen as a test event for the World Cup, starts on Sunday at four refurbished stadiums in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg.

The five additional new stadiums that will also be used in Africa's first World Cup were "shaping up nicely" to be ready ahead of 2010, Jordaan said.



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Rugby opener for football stadium
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12 Nov 07 |  Internationals
SA 2010 stadium strike called off
19 Nov 07 |  African


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