Orlando Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg. The new stadium was constructed between 2006 and 2008, following the demolition of the historic stadium, and the capacity was increased to 40 000. Orlando Stadium is now partially enclosed by an impressive encircling roof that covers more than 70% of spectators.
Orlando Stadium was the first soccer stadium in Soweto and played a major role in the sporting, social, and political life of residents for many years. As a famous home of South African soccer, it was associated with a host of football greats including Kaiser Motaung, Jomo Sono, Patrick ‘Ace Ntsoelengoe, and Ephraim Shakes Mashaba. The stadium hosted international sporting events and major political rallies were held there both before and after 1994. It is currently used mostly for football (soccer) matches and is the home stadium of Orlando Pirates Football Club of the Premier Soccer League.
When South Africa won the bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Orlando Stadium was chosen to be a training venue. It had to comply with FIFA requirements, which included the reorientation of the stadium so that the axis is closer to the north–south to prevent the sun from dazzling the players. Orlando Stadium hosted the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert on 10 June 2010, featuring many world famous artists.
- 120 Hospitality Suites
- 2 VIP suites
- 1 VVIP suite
- Various conference rooms
- A gymnasium
- 200-seater Auditorium.