The wait is over. South Africa is hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup in 10 venues in nine cities across the country, as 32 teams compete in Africa on soccer’s biggest stage for the first time in the tournament’s 80-year history.
Though it’s a 16-hour Delta flight away, the Cup’s ripples have reached Atlanta. Local restaurants, from Irish pubs to Mexican cantinas, are hosting eager fans, and soccer aficionados are using the month-long mania to promote Atlanta as a soccer city in its in own right.
GlobalAtlanta has put together a special issue looking at how football fever is affecting Atlanta’s economy and its development as a global center. The exclusive report includes on-the-ground business news and photos from South Africa, as well as local soccer stories and information on World Cup events and viewings around town.