One of the easiest and most convenient ways to get to the stadium on match days is to use the Fan Walk, a pedestrian-route which runs from the central city to the stadium.
One of the ways to get to the Fan Walk is to use public transport into town (train, taxi, bus, park and ride) and then start walking from Station Square. The route, which is well lit and sign-posted, starts from the Flaming Vuvuzela in Exchange Place, off Adderley Street.
Fans who would prefer to drive into the Central City to park and walk to the stadium are advised to avoid the high congestion areas and to make use of the recommended public parking areas.
The area to the west of Buitengracht (i.e. the Green Point side of Buitengracht ) and north of the Fan Walk in Waterkant Street area (i.e. on the harbour side of Waterkant Street) will be a high congestion area which should be avoided as far as possible. You will also be able to more easily get out of town after a match if you use De Waal Drive or Kloof Nek Road, rather than the N1 or N2.
Recommended public parking areas which will provide comfortable access to the Fan Walk are:
- Riebeeck Square
- Buitengracht Street
- Castle Street
- Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital
- Mandela Rhodes Place
- Plein Park
- Picbel Parkade, and
- Strand Parkade.
You are welcome to join the parade which will set off from St Andrew’s Square along the Fan Walk towards the stadium 90 minutes before each match. Where’s St Andrew’s Square? Look for the new pedestrian bridge across Buitengracht, which goes into St Andrew’s Square. It’s also where Truth Cafe is.
Note: No private vehicles will be allowed within the Cape Town Stadium precinct and only people with valid, official tickets for the match will be admitted to the immediate surrounding areas. Private vehicles will also not be allowed to park close to the stadium due to the exclusion zones which will be put in place.
Where to Watch
Besides the big screen at the Fan Fest, numerous pubs, restaurants and hotels in the Central City will screen the matches. A good bet is to stroll into Upper Long Street, where you can take your pick from a large number of different venues.
Greenmarket Square also boasts a range of pubs and restaurants which will be screening the matches in warm, convivial surroundings. Among these are the popular Cafe Santé, Baran’s and De Capo where you can’t go wrong if soccer spirit is what you’re after.
Another option is St George’s Mall – where a number of spots will offer viewing opportunities with a great atmosphere.
The Rainbow Room, one of Cape Town’s newest hotspots in the Mandela Rhodes Place Lifestyle Centre in the CBD will screen all the matches on large flat-screen TV’s, with live jazz performances between games, as well as delicious food and social drinks.
Doppio Zero, also at Mandela Rhodes Place, is another option in that area.
The Twankey Bar at the Taj Cape Town is also a great place to watch, in between drinking champagne and eating seafood and oysters in elegant surroundings.
Bree Street and Waterkant Street are good choices – giving you the option of easy access to the Fan Walk. The Silver Moon Deli in Bree Street and the Crowbar in Waterkant Street are just two options. The Mexican Bar, on the corner of Loop and Strand streets has already got a vibe going ahead of that crucial match.
The pub & Union in Bree Street will also welcome screen spectators.
For a great party, visit the Cape Town International Convention Centre, where Cool Britannia is promising a 31-day party, including live screenings of every game on giant screens.
The best part of this party is that you can stay all day and most of the night – as the football action turns to dance action every day with live local and international artists to keep you dancing. See www.globalicons.co.za