Soccer City


  • Services

    Architecture, Event

  • Typologies


  • Building Activities

    Concerts, Rugby, Soccer

  • Location


  • Completion


CHALLENGE. Soccer City, also known as the First National Bank Stadium played host to 2010 FIFA world cup. The facade of Soccer City features a cover of fiber-cement panels that were produced using locally sourced materials. Soccer City is the largest stadium in South Africa. Its striking facade creates a sense of pride and holds a successful legacy for the future of Johannesburg.

INNOVATION. Surmounting the new stadium is the calabash, or ‘melting pot’ of African culture. Its façade is made up of a unique cladding system, developed as fibre-cement panels that could be produced using locally-sourced materials, and which gives a unique African flavour to the appearance of the building. The pot is punctured by open panels that provide natural ventilation and, when the stadium is lit up, mimic the starlit African sky.

The structural profile of the upper levels was extended all round to encircle the pitch, while the lower embankments were rebuilt, vastly improving the stadium’s sight lines.

"One of the most artistic and awe-inspiring football venues on the African continent"

FIFA / International Federation of Association Football

IMPACT. Soccer City is the largest stadium in Africa. The multi award-winning design, with its striking calabash, has successfully transformed the original stadium into a new national stadium that all of Africa can be proud of. Building on its acclaimed hosting of World Cup matches, the stadium has a successful legacy event program that continues to add an extra dimension to the already vibrant city of Johannesburg.

Leaf Awards, Overall Award
Sapoa Excellence Awards, Best Stadium
IPA Architecture Award, Leisure & Hospitality
WAF Awards, ‘World’s Best Sport Building’
Project Team

Damon Lavelle