The Day I Went To FNB Stadium

On Sunday 18th May 2014 Instagrammers around the world gathered in hundreds of cities for the ninth World-Wide InstaMeet. In Johannesburg this happened at the FNB Stadium and I was there.
Do I need to mention this is the stadium where the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final was played? With that done let us move on. It was a glorious afternoon and over two hundred people came out.
Having never been to the stadium before and being a fan of architecture I was looking forward to this for weeks and I was mightily impressed. I arrived at about 3:00p.m. and immediately started looking for interesting shots. We were soon ushered in and after some housekeeping, group photos and announcement of the rules we were let lose on the stadium. There was a stadium tour and I thought, what better way to see the stadium, a great decision. Here is my story.

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This is probably still my favourite shot from the day. That's @radhiyyah07
This is probably still my favourite shot from the day. That’s @radhiyyah07

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Editing time in Long Exposure.
Editing time in Long Exposure.
The light in here is simply something to marvel at.
The light in here is simply something to marvel at.

 

A black and white edit of my favourite shot.
A black and white edit of my favourite shot.
Made a new friend on the day, this is Nadine, follow her on Instagram @nadeynay.
Made a new friend on the day, this is Nadine, follow her on Instagram @nadeynay.

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The interior orange colour of the stadium symbolises a pumpkin.
The interior orange colour of the stadium symbolises a pumpkin.
Deep in the belly of the calabash.
Deep in the belly of the calabash.

 

My initial take on the stadium facade, one of the most interesting buildings I have ever visited.
My initial take on the stadium facade, one of the most interesting buildings I have ever visited.
The view of the instameet  from way up high in the VIP section.
The view of the instameet from way up high in the VIP section.
Meet our host Ephraim, the most engaging and entertaining man you would ever want to meet. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of FNB Stadium.
Meet our host Ephraim, the most engaging and entertaining man you would ever want to meet. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of FNB Stadium.
Having some dreamy Long Exposure fun in the entrance area.
Having some dreamy Long Exposure fun in the entrance area.

All in all a highly rewarding day hosted by Stadium Management South Africa. They offer guided tours of the stadium available by appointment and also hire out sections of the stadium for events. If you are in Johannesburg and appreciate architecture this is definitely something to add to your list. For more photos from the day on instagram follow the hashtags #wwim9 #SMSA #FNBStadium and #wwim9_jhb. As usual all photos are taken and edited on my Apple iPhone 5, remember to follow me too on @rickyemarima.

 

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