World Cup city profile: Port Elizabeth

Known as The Friendly City or The Windy City, Port Elizabeth will host eight World Cup matches, including the third-place playoff on July 10.

Known as The Friendly City or The Windy City, Port Elizabeth is situated in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, 770 kilometres east of Cape Town.

One of the country's major seaports, Port Elizabeth is Africa's water sports capital — surfing, jet skiing and wind surfing are popular along the city's 16-kilometre coastline. The city also has its roots in industry, hosting carmakers GM, Volkswagen and Ford.

Population: one million

Altitude: sea level

Sightseeing: Opened in 1931, Addo National Park is home to more than 400 elephants and also features buffalos, elephants, lions, and leopards. Kragga Kamma Game Park is also home to some amazing animals, including white rhinos. The Donkin Heritage Walking Trail features 47 places of historic interest, including Victorian and Edwardian buildings. The city also boasts several unspoiled golden beaches.

Here's an interesting fact: Port Elizabeth's Bloukrans River Bridge is the highest commercially operated bungee jump in the world at 216 metres.

Local soccer clubs: Bay United FC (First Division)

World Cup climate: The city has mild temperatures, ranging from 20 C during the day and as low as 9 C at night.

World Cup stadium: Completed last year, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is one of the new stadiums constructed for the World Cup. With a capacity of over 46,000, it is the first soccer-specific stadium in the city or surrounding areas.

2010 World Cup matches: South Korea vs. Greece on June 12; Ivory Coast vs. Portugal on June 15; Germany vs. Serbia on June 18; Chile vs. Switzerland on June 21; Slovenia vs. England on June 23; one second-round match; one quarter-final match; and the third-place playoff.