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The Free State Stadium, also known as Vodacom Park, is a stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa, used for rugby union, as well as football (soccer).
The primary rugby union tenants of the facility are:
The primary soccer tenant is:
Sporting and Miscellaneous events
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
The Free State Stadium was one of the host venues for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2010
In advance of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a second tier was added to the main grandstand on the western side of the ground, increasing the net capacity from 36,538 to 48,000. Additionally, new turnstiles were created, the floodlights upgraded, electronic scoreboards installed, the sound system revamped to the required standards, and CCTV and media facilities improved.
Bloemfontein received R221 million to upgrade the stadium. Though cost estimates were at R245 million, the city decided to stand in for the R24m shortfall . Tenders were advertised in February & March 2007. Upgrade work started in July 2007.
Coordinates: 29°07′02.25″S 26°12′31.85″E / 29.1172917°S 26.2088472°E