Chippa United is based at the iconic Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, a 46,000-seater stadium in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
The five-tier stadium was built overlooking the North End Lake, in the heart of the city. It is one of three coastal stadia built in anticipation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium is named after the administrative district in which it is located namely, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, which itself is named after Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Bay area comprises of the city of Port Elizabeth, the towns of Uitenhage and Despatch, as well as smaller settlements.
The stadium was designed by Siyabonga Nyezi and Yandisa Dalamba of Holy Cross High School as part of the Department of Public Works’ National Construction Week Programme in 2006. The stadium has an eye-catching, unique roof-structure and a spectacular view, overlooking the North End Lake. The roof is made up of a series of white ‘petals’ making it look like a flower. This is the reason for the stadium’s nickname, The Protea. There are not many stadiums in the world that are designed and constructed overlooking a lake; this in itself is a very distinctive feature of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. The building is approximately 40m high and consists of six levels on the western side in addition to five on each of the northern, southern and eastern elevations.