Blatter: WCup showcase stadium as good as Wembley

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the venue for the World Cup opening game is "five-star," and hopes Nelson Mandela can attend the match.

The Soccer City venue in Johannesburg will host next week's opening game and the final.

Blatter took a stroll on the lush, green field Wednesday, noting the 94,700-seat venue was a "five-star stadium, and can be compared, if comparison is possible, perhaps, with Wembley in London."

Blatter also hoped Mandela would be at the opening game on June 11. Blatter said the presence of South Africa's former president would be the stadium's "highlight."