England's venues 2: Cape Town

After opening their campaign in Rustenburg, England will move on to Cape Town to play Algeria on Friday June 18 at 8.30pm. The so-called 'Mother City' is South Africa's most-visited by tourists and is regarded by many as the most beautiful.

It is a vibrant, multicultural city on the Atlantic Ocean, one of three coastal venues. Cape Town is backed by Table Mountain and is where parliament sits.

The notorious Robben Island prison, where Mandela spent more than 18 years, is offshore and now a big tourist destination. The country's best-known wine-growing region and the popular coastal 'Garden Route' are nearby.

The venue is officially known as Cape Town Stadium. It may be unimaginatively named but it's beautifully situated. The new 70,000-capacity stadium in Green Point will have the most spectacular World Cup location between Table Mountain and the sea.

Built on a former suburban golf course, it has suffered various disputes including objections from residents and environmental groups held up construction but it is now on track.

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