Royal Bafokeng Stadium

LOCAL CONNECTION: The stadium is named after the Bafokeng people who live in the area.
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LOCAL CONNECTION: The stadium is named after the Bafokeng people who live in the area.

City: Rustenburg

Built: 1999

Capacity: 44,530

The Royal Bafokeng Stadium is home to New Zealand's first game at the World Cup, where they will play Slovakia in a Group F match.

It is named after the Bafokeng people who live in the area. In 1999, the Bafokeng won a legal battle, which entitled them to 20 per cent on the platinum which is mined on their historical land. 

The South African national team played a World Cup qualifying game against Burkina Faso in 2001, and won 2-1.

It has been host to many Premier Soccer League games despite Rustenburg not having its own team.

The stadium is only a 25 minute drive to Sun City and 30 minutes to the Pilansberg. It is 12km from the Rustenburg city centre.

Matches (NZ times)

June 13 6.30am England v USA
June 15 11.30pm New Zealand v Slovakia
June 20 2am Ghana v Australia
June 23 2am Mexico v Uruguay
June 25 6.30am Denmark v Japan
June 26 6.30am Round of 16 1C v 2D

- information sourced from fifa.com