Africa

World Cup final stadium opens with S African cup final

Fans at the re-opening of the showpiece Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg
Image caption Tickets sold out although the game featured two of South Africa's less glamorous teams

More than 74,000 South African football fans have attended the first match at Soccer City - venue for the World Cup final.

The rebuilt stadium hosted the South African cup final less than three weeks before the World Cup's opening match is played there.

Johannesburg's Bidvest Wits beat Amazulu of Durban 3-0 in the match.

Tickets sold out even though the match featured two of South Africa's less glamorous teams.

Kick-off was delayed for 30 minutes because of the volume of traffic going to the football game and a rugby match in Soweto, reports the AFP news agency.

The stadium, which is also known as the Calabash, is Africa's biggest football ground.

For the World Cup, its capacity will rise to almost 95,000 but this was reduced for its first match.

President Jacob Zuma officially opened the stadium, which lies between Johannesburg and Soweto. It was the last of South Africa's 10 World Cup grounds to be unveiled.

This year's World Cup is being held on African soil for the first time.

More than 2.5 million tickets have been sold, out of three million available. More than a million have been bought by South Africans.

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