Joburg the best base for 2010 soccer


Joburg is definitely the place for soccer fans and TV crews to base themselves for the 2010 World Cup.

Of the 63 matches:

  • 15 are in Joburg – either are Ellis Park or Soccer City.
  • In addition to these, 6 matches are in Pretoria (58 km/36 miles) and
  • 6 are in Rustenberg (165km/102 miles).

And there are three more cities all under 400 km from Joburg where a further 14 matches will be played:

  • 4 in Polokwane (331 km/205 miles)
  • 4 in Nelspruit (355km/220 miles)
  • 6 in Bloemfontein (398km/247 miles).

With normal traffic on our excellent national roads, Bloemfontein is a 4 hour drive max.

  • This means that every day from 11th June to 3rd July (except for 30th June and 1st July when there are no matches being held anywhere), there is a match in Joburg or within 4 hours of Johannesburg.
  • So out of the 63 matches 41 are within 4 hours of Jburg (65%)  and with Durban being a driveable distance of 588 km/365 miles, even the 4 matches here are accessible from Joburg.
  • Plus we have 2 of the quarter finals
  • and of course the big one on the 11th July.
  • And Gauteng is the favoured place for the teams to locate their base camps.  See
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