The fifth 2010 FIFA World Cup™ match played at the Cape Town Stadium between The Netherlands and Cameroon on Thursday night saw a record number of 72 910 people use the fan walk to walk to and from the stadium, or just to share in the World Cup experience.The earliest 2010 FIFA World Cup™ games now start at 16:00, so from Saturday 26 June the FIFA Fan Fests™ across the country, as well as the fan jols, will open at 13:00, and not 11:00.
A national decision has been made to open all the FIFA Fan Fests™ in the country two hours later, as no more 13:30 games will be played from the round-of-16 stage of the tournament onwards. The FIFA Fan Fest™ on the Grand Parade will therefore be open from 13:00 to 23:00 every day, and not 11:00 to 23:00.
The City’s four fan jols at Vygieskraal, Swartklip, the Bellville Velodrome and OR Tambo will also be open from 13:00 to 23:00, on Tuesday 29 June for the round-of-16 match at the Cape Town Stadium, as well as on all remaining Cape Town match days and quarter-final, semi-final and final game days.
Just over 25 000 people visited the FIFA Fan Fest™ on Thursday, most of whom were Dutch supporters dressed in their bright orange supporter colours. A total number of 63 093 people attended the match between the Netherlands and Cameroon in the Cape Town Stadium. Approximately 7 000 spectators used the MyCiTi shuttle service to travel to the stadium and 9 000 used it to return to the Civic Centre Station after the game.
It has now become clear that the weather has a great influence on the number of people that use the fan walk and the MyCiTi shuttle service to get to and from the stadium on match days. With the pleasant winter evening last night, a record number of 72 910 people walked along the fan walk to and from the stadium and it is estimated that there were over 100 000 people on and around the fan walk during the day. Prior to yesterday evening, the highest number of people recorded on the fan walk was 45 400 on Friday 11 June for the opening match.
The City is also seeing that an increasing number of people are coming to the city’s public areas to experience the World Cup and to be part of the festivities on match days, even though they do not have tickets for the games. The fan walk in particular has proven extremely popular even with non-ticket holders and has become an integral part of the World Cup in Cape Town.
With only three matches left to be played at the Cape Town Stadium, the City encourages residents to visit the FIFA Fan Fest™, the fan walk, and also visit the four fan jols throughout Cape Town to experience and share in the World Cup gees.
The next match in Cape Town takes place on Tuesday 29 June. Capetonians will know by tonight which teams will play in this round-of-16 match at the Cape Town Stadium. The competition is expected to get more exciting each day as the tournament moves through the knock-out stages and the game on Tuesday is expected to bring a large number of people to the city centre and fan jols again.
Spectators are reminded to arrive at the stadium or public viewing areas early to be in time for the match. Stadium gates open 3.5 hours before kick-off and early arrival prevents congestion at the stadium’s entrance gates. Fans are advised to travel light as security checks take longer when staff have to search large handbags and rucksacks. Rain jackets should be used when necessary, as umbrellas may not be taken into the stadium.
Residents and visitors should also continue using public transport to travel to and from the stadium or the public viewing areas on match days.
Capetonians are reminded to check the event and transport information in special supplements distributed in newspapers and across the city.Check the City of Cape Town’s website www.capetown.gov.za for regular updates. For transport information, residents can phone the City’s Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63.