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Soccer City, the stadium that hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, went R1bn ($133m) over budget. Johannesburg city councilman Parks Tau admitted that Soccer City ended up costing R3.2bn ($424m) because of the rising price of building materials. MEI takes a closer look at Soccer City as well as other sports venues in Johannesburg.

Soccer City Stadium Facts•Stadium owner: City of Johannesburg•2010 FIFA World Cup: opening ceremony, opening match, four first–round matches, one second–round match, one quarter final and the final•Capacity: 94, 700 seats•Where: off Nasrec Road, Nasrec, on the outskirts of Soweto•Built: 1987•Getting there: train and bus station, taxi rank built on the southern part of Soccer City•Upgrade: major•Completion: 2009•Value: R3. 2bnOther major venues in Johannesburg include:Ellis Park Stadium •Stadium owner: City of Johannesburg•Club: Orlando Pirates •Inauguration: June 2005•2009 Confederations Cup: opening ceremony and final games•2010 FIFA World Cup: five first round matches, a second round match and a quarter final•Capacity: 62 000•Where: off Sivewright Avenue, New Doornfontein, in central Joburg; bordered by Charlton Terrace, Bertrams Road, Miller Street, and Sivewright Avenue•Upgrade: major•Completion: November 2008Orlando Stadium•Stadium owner: City of Johannesburg •2010 FIFA World Cup: official training ground •Capacity: 40, 000 seats •Where: Mooki Street, off Klipspruit Valley Road, Orlando East, Soweto. •Built: 1959•Getting there: Train stations at Mlamlankunzi and Orlando East. Taxi rank at Orlando East train station•Upgrade: Major•Upgrade starting date: April 2006•Completion: October 2008•Inauguration: 23 November 2008•Value: R280m Rand Stadium•Owner: City of Johannesburg•Club: Jomo Cosmos•2010 FIFA World Cup: Official training ground•Capacity: 25, 000•Where: Turf Road, Pioneer Park; bordered by La Rochelle and Glenroy streets•Built: 1951•Getting there: Bus and taxi ranks to be built near the stadium•Upgrade: Major•Completion: Early 2009•Value: R76mDobsonville Stadium•Stadium owner: City of Johannesburg•2010 FIFA World Cup: Official training ground•Capacity: 24, 000•Where: Off Main Road, between Montlahla and Majova streets, Dobsonville, Soweto•Built: 1975•Upgrade: Minor•Completion: March 2009•Value: R69mJohannesburg StadiumJohannesburg Stadium is a stadium in the Doornfontein suburb of Johannesburg. It was originally built as an athletics stadium and is now the home of one of South Africa's most famous football sides, the Orlando Pirates. The stadium has a sweeping roof and can accommodate 37, 500 people. The eighth IAAF World Cup in Athletics was held at the stadium in 2003, with 58 countries competing. Ruimsig StadiumRuimsig Stadium is a multi–purpose stadium located in Roodepoort, a suburb of Johannesburg. It is currently used mostly for football matches and was set to be utilised as a training field for teams participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup after being renovated in 2009 and brought up to FIFA standards. At the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, Iraq used Ruimsig Stadium for its training sessions. Other smaller venues in Johannesburg include:•Ellis Park Aquatic Centre•Linden Swimming Pool•Coronation Swimming Pool•Pimville Swimming pool •Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre•Randburg Multipurpose Centre•Standard Bank Arena Ellis Park•Wembley Sports Arena•Golf Courses (Pimville Golf Course, Royal Old Johannesburg Country Club etc)

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