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Soweto to rock World Cup with calabash stadium

Video: Colorful makeover of Johannesburg stadium creates new African sports icon.

World Cup soccer stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa workers take a break in front the Soccer City Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg May 25, 2010. (David Gray/Reuters)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — As the June 11 kickoff of the World Cup approaches, all eyes are turning to Soweto's colorful Soccer City stadium, which was made to look like a traditional African calabash cooking pot.

The stadium was thoroughly renovated, inside and out, to prepare it for the spotlight of the World Cup.

It will host the opening and closing matches of the World Cup 2010.

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