Athlone Stadium is a stadium in Athlone on the Cape Flats in Cape Town, South Africa. It is used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Santos Cape Town. The stadium holds 34,000 people and was built in 1972.
The stadium was upgraded in the lead up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup with the intention of using it as a training venue. The estimated cost of the upgrade was R297 million.
Athlone lies to the east of the city centre in what’s commonly known as the Cape Flats – a large and very flat section of low-lying land to the southeast of the City Bowl, colourfully described as apartheid’s ‘dumping ground’.
Athlone is a large suburb that contains within it smaller residential areas like Crawford, Bridgetown, Kewtown and Silvertown. Athlone is also a superb place in which to find traditional Malay and Indian food and delicacies, which you can seek out at places like The Wembley, a classic roadhouse (you can actually wait in your car to be served) and something of an institution in Cape Town.
Athlone’s major landmark is the Athlone Stadium, the home stamping ground of Ajax Cape Town and Santos Cape Town. The Stadium underwent extensive upgrades leading up to the 2010 Soccer World Cup, when it acted as one of the main training venues in Cape Town.