Sport in Nelson Mandela Bay: two iconic stadiums to discover

  • 18 April 2014

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The iconic Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, which hosted eight matches during the FIFA 2010 World Cup South Africa

St George's Park hosted the first international cricket and rugby matches in South Africa 

St George's Park in Port Elizabeth hosted the first rugby Test match in South Africa back in 1891, as well as the first cricket Test match eight years later. It remains one of the world's most atmospheric international cricket venues. Port Elizabeth now also boasts the magnificent Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, which hosts international soccer and rugby.

Fast facts


St George's Park

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Year established 1889 2009
Capacity 19 000 48 000
Sports hosted today Cricket Rugby, soccer
Home ground to Chevrolet Warriors (cricket) Southern Kings (rugby)

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Rugby in Port Elizabeth

Cricket in Port Elizabeth

Soccer in Port Elizabeth

Below are photos of sports matches that have taken place at these two iconic stadiums.

Portugal vs Ivory Coast, during the FIFA 2010 World Cup South Africa at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Photo courtesy of Meraj Chhaya

South Africa vs Australia at St George's Park this year

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A selfie outside Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium by Rafael Alvez in 2010

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Cricket fans relaxing on the grass banks at St George's Park

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Uruguayan soccer fans outside Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Baikovicius

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A cricket fan getting in the spirit at St George's Park

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