Mbombela Stadium

The Mbombela Stadium, one of 10 venues for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and one of 5 newly built stadiums, is a soccer and rugby union all-seater stadium in Mbombela, in the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa. It serves as the Pumas’ home field. There are 43,500 seats total at the stadium, almost all of them are under dome.

The largest arena in the province, it is situated 6 kilometers west of Mbombela, the provincial capital of Mpumalanga. The R1.050 billion facility, which was fully financed by central government taxpayer money and did not require city financing, was operational well in advance of the start of the 2010 World Cup in June.


Every seat in the bowl was intended to be as close to the action on the field as is practicable while maintaining superb sightlines over the heads of fans. Of all the 2010 venues, this one has the most tiny arena. 95% of the seats have cantilever roofs covering them.

The 43,500 seats can be found here.[6] It had a capacity of 40,929 for the FIFA World Cup, with normal seats being given up for the media tribune. 3 layers of seating consist of a bottom tier with 21,000 seats, a middle tier with 3,500 seats, and an upper tier with 19,000 seats. Eight large ramps situated on the corners provide access to the upper tier. Small delivery vehicles can fit on the ramps. There are 25 private club lounges, a restaurant, a VIP lounge, and premium seating in the middle tier, which is reached by elevators.


Mbombela is 40 kilometres from the world famous Kruger Park where the best of African wildlife can be found.

The architects of the stadium decided that Mbombela needed a truly African Stadium and they have succeeded in designing an unique facility that wonderfully blends in with the landscape and constantly reminds visitors to the stadium that they are in Africa and in particular the Mpumalanga Lowveld, home of the famous big five.

The playing surface is a combination of Cynodon and Rye Grass supported by Desso GrassMaster.

Rugby At Mbombela

The primary rugby tenants are the Pumas. All Currie Cup games will be played there, and the majority of the Vodacom Cup games will be played at Puma Stadium.

On August 27, 2010, the stadium hosted its maiden rugby match. In a Currie Cup encounter in 2010, the Pumas played host to the Blue Bulls. Pumas triumphed 22-21 after falling behind 10-11 at the break.

On September 17, 2010, the Pumas played a match against Western Province there once more. The match was won by Western Province 62–10.

The stadium hosted its debut game between the nation’s national team, referred to as the Springboks, and Scotland on June 15, 2013. This game was the second part of a doubleheader, with Samoa and Italy playing in the opener.

The two teams made up the second round of a one-time, four-team competition that acted as a prelude to the 2013 Rugby Championship run for the Boks.

On June 21, 2014, South Africa hosted Wales at the stadium for the second test of Wales’ 2014 tour of South Africa. The Springboks prevailed 31–30 in the game.

On August 20, 2016, the Boks met Argentina at the venue. 30-23 in favor of the Springboks.

The All Blacks and Boks were supposed to meet each other for the first time at Mbombela Stadium on September 26, 2020, however the game was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rescheduled game took place on August 6, 2022, and South Africa prevailed 26-10.

Parking Lot

Gate 1
Gate 2
Gate 3
Gate 4
Gate 5/ Bus Drop-off
Gate 6
Gate 7
Gate 8
Gate 9
Gate 10
Hospitality Parking