The Ellis Park Stadium is located in Johannesburg, South Africa, and will be used for the FIFA World Cup in 2010. Ellis Park, which lies near the Johannesburg city center, is to undergo minor upgrades for 2010, and has a capacity of 60 000. It hosted five first-round matches, one second-round and one quarter-final.
Major Events Held at Ellis Park Stadium
Here are just some of the major events that have been held at Ellis Park Stadium:
- 1995 Rugby World Cup
- 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
- 2010 FIFA World Cup
Ellis Park Stadium Trivia
- The stadium was originally named after Mr J.D. Ellis, who made the area for the stadium available.
- Ellis Park hosted six cricket Test matches between 1948 and 1954
- In 2001, 43 people were crushed to death in a stampede of spectators pouring into the already overcrowded Ellis Park Stadium for the local Soweto derby football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. An Orlando Pirates equalizer sparked a further surge by the fans trying to gain entry as they scrambled to see what had happened.