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Cape Town Stadium panorama

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In another first for the new Sail Stadefrance managed Cape Town Stadium in Green Point, two rugby matches were played at the venue for the first time on Saturday 6 February 2010. The event, the second in a series of three planned dry runs leading up to the kickoff of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in June, drew a crowd of 40 000 spectators who filled the first two levels of seating to capacity.


The curtain raiser saw the SA Legends defeat a star-studded International Legends 22-5 in the ten-a-side format of the game. After a lap of honour and some entertainment from local band Flat Stanley, the Vodacom Stormers clashed with Boland Invitational XV in a pre-season Super-14 warm-up game. The Stormers walked away with the trophy after thumping their opponents 47-13.


In this high resolution panorama of the stadium, taken at halftime, you can see the glass roof, "Ring of Fire" (i.e. spot-lights) and the installation of temporary seating, ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in June, which boosts the stadium's capacity to 68 000 seats.


You'll need to please ignore the image's imperfections, thanks largely to my stitching software and the amount of retouching that was necessary.

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Taken on February 6, 2010