21 September 2015 by Katy Johnson

Built for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, in just 5 short years the Mbombela Stadium has become a familiar landmark in the City.

Photos: Courtesy of Mbombela Stadium

Considered to be the only wholly South African designed stadium, first impressions of the impressive stadium scream “Africa!” Inspired by Kruger Park and its wildlife, the Architects designed the 18 roof supports to look like giraffes with their heads towering an impressive 48m above the ground. Whilst the iconic black and white striping pattern of the zebra is used to adorn the seats.

The stadium itself took 5.5 million man hours to build and employed 1,400 workers from its inception in February 2009 till it was completed in November 2009. Considered to be the best value for money of all of the newly built World Cup Stadiums, it cost approximately R1.2 billion to construct. 95% of this money came from the South African National Treasury, with Mpumalanga contributing 5%.

With a capacity of 43,500, split across the three tiers the Mbombela was the most compact of all the World Cup Stadiums. Other aspects that set it apart were that some lucky fans got a much better view of the game as it had the closest pitch side seating of all the venues. It also had the largest proportion of under-roof seating and with Nelspruit’s notorious late summer rain this was an important feature for future fixtures.

It might have only hosted four World Cup Matches, but the stadium left a lasting impression on football fans all over the world thanks to its African themed feel and friendly vibe. It is now the proud home of the Mpumalanga Black Aces FC, Bidvest WITs FC and Nelspruit’s Steval Pumas and has played host to some exciting and often nail biting matches. It has also had international duty during the African Cup of Nations and the Springbok friendlies. With the capacity to hold concerts, large scale events and conferences the Mbombela is more than simply a sports stadium. It a multi-purpose facility wrapped up in an award winning design that truly blends into the landscape. Reminding visitors and Nelspruiter’s alike of the spectacular African setting this city is proud to be a part of.



More Info:Address: 1 Bafana Road, just before Halls on the R104 (the old N4 leaving Nelspruit to Middleburg) or follow the GPS coordinates: -25.461812, 30.929728

Contact Number: +27 (0)13 474 4600 Email: asiat@mbombelastadium.com

Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (match days until end of the game)

Website: www.mbombelastadium.com