Bloemfontein, the judicial capital of South Africa, is in the middle of the country, in the Free State Province, 400 kilometres south of Johannesburg.
Bloemfontein, meaning "Fountain of Flowers," is home to some of the most fanatical and colourful soccer fans in South Africa. Its central location also makes it a fantastic place for supporters to set up shop if they plan on travelling to a number of venues during the tournament.
Altitude: 1,400 metres
Sightseeing: The Golden Gate National Park and its sandstone cliffs lie in the eastern part of the Free State Province, and a short trip will also bring you to the Vredefort Dome, which is the oldest meteor impact crater on the planet, dating back 2.023 billion years. The city also has several museums, which house many relics of the Boer War, which lasted from 1899-1904.
Here's an interesting fact: The city's most beloved team, Bloemfontein Celtic, is one of the most popular squads in the nation. It takes its lead from Scotland's Celtic FC, with a similar kit design and logo.
Local soccer clubs: Bloemfontein Celtic, Free State Stars (Premier League), Carara Kicks (1st Division)
World Cup climate: Dry, with afternoon temperatures as high as 17 C, but dropping to –2 C at night.
World Cup stadium: The Free State Stadium received an upgrade for the 2009 Confederations Cup, just in time for a great semifinal between Spain and the U.S., which the latter won 2-0. The stadium, which was built in 1952, now holds 45,000, up from 38,000. It's traditionally a rugby venue, but the emergence of Bloemfontein Celtic is quickly changing that perception.
2010 World Cup matches: Japan vs. Cameroon on June 14; Greece vs. Nigeria on June 17; Slovakia vs. Paraguay on June 20; France vs. South Africa on June 22; Switzerland vs. Honduras on June 25; and one second-round match.