Bloemfontein is the setting for the Free State Stadium which will house almost 50, 000 World Cup fans this summer. The stadium gets to host possibly the biggest match in South Africa’s footballing history, they face 1998 World Cup Winners and 2006 World Cup Runners Up France here in a crucial Group A fixture. For the latest betting information for the 2014 World Cup click here.
Bloemfontain is considered a sports-mad city boasting some of the most passionate fans in the world. The stadium currently plays host to rugby union sides Free State Cheetahs and Central Cheetahs and Premier League football team Bloemfontein Celtic. The original stadium was built in 1952 and the first major event there was the Currie Cup Final, which saw Northern Transvaalbeat Orange Free State in 1975. The stadium was then rebuilt for the 1995 Rugby World Cup and it also hosted the British Lions in 2009.
The capacity of the stadium was increased to just over 48, 000 after a second tier was added to the main grandstand on the west. The stadium was home to one of the biggest footballing shocks of recent times when USA ended Spain’s record equalling unbeaten run in the semi final of the 2009 Confederations Cup.
The South Africa v France match is undoubtedly the Free State Stadium’s group matches, it plays host to games such as Japan v Cameroon, Greece v Nigeria, Slovakia v Paraguay and Switzerland v Honduras. England could face Germany in the Second Round here if England win their group and Germany are runners up in Group D.
Bloemfontain evenings can get pretty chilly meaning the European nations who play at the Free State Stadium could end up being favoured from a weather perspective.