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The Peter Mokaba Stadium is a football stadium in Polokwane (formerly Pietersburg), South Africa, that was used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It has a capacity of 41,733. and was named after Peter Mokaba, a former leader of the ANC Youth League. It is located 5 kilometers from the city center and is located just east of the existing Pietersburg Stadium.
The stadium is one of five new stadiums that were built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Initial plans to upgrade the existing Pietersburg Stadium were abandoned in favour of the R1,245,000,000 (ZAR) new Peter Mokaba stadium.
The stadium was used intensely for training and matches. Therefore the natural grass has been reinforced with artificial fibers, which anchors the field into a stable and a level grass surface: Desso GrassMaster.2010 World Cup
The stadium hosted four Group matches during the tournament.Football
The first event at the stadium was the Peter Mokaba Cup, held on 23 January 2010. It was a 4 team, friendly tournement, which served as the stadium's opening event. In the first semi-final, Supersport United beat Danish side Brøndby 2–1. In the second semi-final, Kaizer Chiefs advanced after beating Wits 4–3 on penalties, after a goalless draw. Kaizer Chiefs defeated Supersport United 4–2 in the final.
The first international game played at the stadium was the international friendly between South Africa and Guatemala on 31 May 2010, which South Africa won 5–0.
The stadium hosted its first competitive football match on 20 November 2010.Kaizer Chiefs opted to host their 2010–11 Telkom Knockout semi-final against Santos at the stadium. The match ended 1–0 to Kaizer Chiefs.Rugby
The stadium hosted its first rugby union match on 30 January 2010. The match was a Super 14 warm up match, played for the Xerox Cup. It was contested by the Bulls and Lions.