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Fans must wrap up at WCup's coldest venue

Fans must wrap up at WCup's coldest venue

Fans headed to Bloemfontein for the World Cup should pack gloves, scarves and warm coats.
Close to the center of South Africa, Bloemfontein is situated at an altitude of 1,400 meters (4,578 feet) and is likely to get the coldest weather of the nine World Cup cities with temperatures likely to drop to minus-2 degrees Celsius (28 degrees Fahrenheit) at night.
That contrasts sharply with daytime figures which could easily rise to 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit) _ a curious mixture for followers of some of the 10 teams headed for the city's Free State Stadium.
Fans can certainly be prepared for clear blue skies and hardly any rain during the June 11-July 11 World Cup, which is being staged in South Africa's winter. But a 300-kilometer (187-mile) drive to the Golden Gate National Highlands national park could find snow and temperatures as low as minus-15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit).
For those fans who don't want to stray far from the 46,000-seat Free State Stadium, which is also used by Cheetahs rugby team, there are shopping malls and restaurants nearby.
Bloemfontein, South Africa's judicial capital, is known as Mangaung in Sesotho, meaning "place of cheetahs." But Bloemfontein is also known as the "city of roses" because of the abundance of the flowers and its festivals to celebrate them.
It is a long distance from any of the other World Cup venues, but the local airport has been considerably upgraded for the World Cup and is the main hub for the capital of the landlocked province. Eight kilometers (5 miles) from the city center, it is reachable easily by road.
Although crime has not been a major factor in Bloemfontein, which has a population of 850,000, it has been climbing recently with local government officials reporting car hijackings, drug trafficking and glue-sniffing thugs accosting business people.