A symbolic building: the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, popularly known as “Soccer City”, opened back in 1989 and is widely considered to be the heart of South African football. The continent’s biggest stadium was redesigned and expanded in time for the 2010 World Cup final and was also the venue for seven other matches in connection with the same event. As an affiliated company of Interbeton, BAM Sports contributed its expertise and supported the Interbeton/Grinaker LTA consortium.
“Soccer City” now boasts 94,000 seats overall. If this full capacity is not required, the football arena can be easily tailored to the size needed by screening off individual areas. 117 boxes, more than 6,000 business seats, restaurants, an ultramodern transmission centre and a football museum turn “Soccer City” into a world-class stadium. Previously an open structure, its tiers today are completely roofed in and enclosed by an outer shell, whose form is reminiscent of the calabash, the traditional African drinking vessel. The stadium thus became the proud host of a noisy, dynamic African football party – with the whole world watching on.