By FOCUS REPORTER
The Double header soccer event at Cape Town Stadium on Friday, August 27 is going ahead and excitement is mounting for the clash involving four top clubs.
The popular fan-walk from the central city to the stadium is being re-activated for the games which have been dubbed the “real deal” in local soccer – the official opener of the ABSA Premiership 2010 season.The event kicks off with the newly promoted local side, Vasco da Gama taking on Orlando Pirates at 6pm, followed by Ajax Cape Town and Bloemfontein Celtic clash at 8.45pm.The event is part of Cape Town Stadium’s drive to reinstate Football Fridays.
This time with a “loving local” message attached, says Morne du Plessis, chairman of stadium operator SAIL STADEFRANCE.“The stadium is here to stay and we want Capetonians to enjoy it. The double header event was conceived as a celebration of the spectacular success of the Cape Town stadium as venue for the FIFA Soccer World Cup. “When we devised the event, we went all out to make it a ‘double bumper’ special in order to thank all Capetonians for their help in making Cape Town the best host city.“The games are going to be amazing and we are hoping to rekindle the magic of the fan-walk and the fan power elicited during the World cup games.
The Cape Town Stadium was built as a venue for all the people of Cape Town. It is an iconic Cape Town asset and a fully inclusive facility for all. What better way to celebrate this fact than by opening our doors to all?”
City director of communication, Pieter Cronjé, says: “This is a wonderful chance for Capetonians and visitors to enjoy four great teams with a strong supporter base in a magnificent stadium. For those who have not experienced an event in Cape Town Stadium or who were not amongst the 507 000 spectators who saw World Cup matches there, this is the ideal opportunity. All those who saw any of the test events and World Cup games can relive the excitement and stadium experience.
“Those who were not amongst the 580 000 people who experienced the fan walk, will have a chance to mingle with supporters and share the spirit or “gees”. People should follow exactly the same rules as for the World Cup – buy your ticket beforehand, come early, travel light and use public transport.”Cape Town Stadium gates will open at 4pm. Spectators are encouraged to take heed of the following restrictions around prohibited items into the stadium. These include:
· Only fold up umbrellas will be allowed
· No cameras with detachable photographic lenses
· No food and drink (full catering services including Halaal and Kosher will be sold at the venue)
· No prams or bicycles
· Supporter flags with a maximum plastic pole length of 1 metre will be allowed
All prescribed medications such as inhalers and diabetic syringes will be allowed as will private wheelchairs.Tickets for the game are available from all Compu-ticket outlets prices ranging from R40 to R80. Parking tickets are also available to purchase at Compu-ticket at R30.
For details of road restrictions on the day and additional event information, log onto www.stadiumcapetown.co.za or www.capetown.gov.za
The rest of the Absa Premiership fixtures:
Friday, August 27:
Vasco da Gama v Orlando Pirates (Cape Town Stadium, 6pm)
Ajax Cape Town v Bloemfontein Celtic (Cape Town Stadium, 8.45pm)
Saturday, August 28:
BidVest Wits University v SuperSport United (BidVest Stadium, 3pm)
Free State Stars v Santos (Charles Mopeli, 3pm)
Kaizer Chiefs v Golden Arrows (Rand Stadium, 8.15pm)
Mamelodi Sundowns v Moroka Swallows (H.M Pitje Stadium, 8.15pm)
Sunday, August 29:
Mpumalanga Black Aces v Platinum Stars (Puma Rugby Stadium, 3pm)
AmaZulu v Maritzburg United (Moses Mabhida Stadium, 3pm)