2010 FIFA World Cup Host City,

Provincial Capital of the Free State, and judicial capital of South Africa!

Bloemfontein is proud to be a host city for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and preparations are well underway! The stadium that will be used is the central Vodacom Park which will seat 48 000. Mangaung is also Host City for both the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup. Additionally, it is also the alternate home ground of Premier Soccer League team, Bloemfontein Celtics.

The city, established by Dutch and English settlers in the middle 1800s, is a true blend of the past, present and future. It’s majestic and stately sandstone buildings are a celebration of the city’s architecture. Bloemfontein’s rich cultural and historical heritage is reflected in it’s museums, art galleries and cultural festivals. The city also offers excellent recreational, shopping and entertainment facilities. 
Bloemfontein is a melting pot of culture.

From its very beginnings it has welcomed visitors to stay and become part of the everyday fabric that its citizens weave. Bloemfontein is a City on the Move. Situated in the heart of the Free State and indeed the country, Bloemfontein’s status as a pass through city is unfounded.

The city has a lot to offer the visitor who ventures out and discovers the many attractions. There is no rush in the City of Roses, life is lived at a slower pace, take the time to enjoy your day and meet the locals. ‘Bloem’ welcomes you and invites you to centre yourself in the heart of South Africa.

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