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Cape Town Stadium ready to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup™

Cape Town Stadium ready to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup™

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Cape Town Stadium has hosted two successful test events, proving that the stadium is ready to host the world’s top soccer stars and their fans.

On January 23, 2010, the Ajax Cape Town and Santos soccer teams entertained a crowd of 20 000, while on February 6, 40 000 people attended the Cape Town Stadium Rugby Festival.

Both these events were successful, with visitors, players and officials all praising the new “world-class” facility.

Transport, security and hospitality services are all on the right track ahead of the big event, which starts in June. Cape Town’s first match is Uruguay vs France on June 11. See a full list of fixtures here.

A third test event, which will be attended by up to 60 000 people, will be held during March.

Cape Town set for a world-class World Cup bash

Cape Town set for a world-class World Cup bash
In an effort to replicate the party atmosphere of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany, Cape Town is set to host one of the country’s largest fan parks during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, on the city’s Grand Parade.

Fan parks are sheltered public viewing areas where live matches are broadcast on big-screen TVs for free, with additional entertainment provided between games. Football fans in Cape Town will be able to enjoy local cuisine as well as performances by local and international artists, DJs and comedians at the city’s fan parks.

According to Shameel Ho-Kim, Cape Town’s fan park and public viewing area co-ordinator, the Grand Parade – the square opposite the City Hall – will accommodate about 25 000 people, with an overflow along Darling Street catering for an additional 15 000.

Fan parks will also be set up at the Bellville Velodrome and Athlone and Philippi stadiums, with smaller viewing areas open to communities in Khayelitsha, Nomzamo, Atlantis and Maynardville.

Fan parks enjoyed great success in Germany, with millions flocking to watch the games and support their teams at the viewing areas.

“We have always wanted the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ to touch the lives of as many South Africans as possible,” Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan says on the FIFA site.

The Grand Parade is in the process of undergoing a multi-phase upgrade ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The first phase has already been completed, and finishing touches will be added closer to the event.

Ho-Kim says all 64 matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ will be screened live at the fan park, which will be open from 10h00 until midnight on match days.

Cape Town Tourism implements Code of Responsible Pricing

Cape Town Tourism has drafted a Code of Responsible Pricing for Cape Town, to be signed by key tourism industry stakeholders, representatives and membership organisations.

The code has four core principles: fair value, responsible tourism, sustainable tourism and consumer protection.

Responsible tourism focuses on taking care of people, the planet and providing profit to the community. Sustainable tourism is about maintaining Cape Town’s legacy as a city that offers great value, long after the World Cup. Consumer protection aims to discourage hidden costs and fees.

Cape Town Tourism spokesperson Lianne Burton emphasised the importance of the code: “The industry is eager to ensure that Cape Town’s good reputation is not spoiled by greedy individuals out to capitalise on a few weeks at the expense of a responsible sector that has worked incredibly hard to put destination Cape Town on the top of every traveller’s wish-list”.

If you wish to sign up to the Code of Responsible Pricing for Cape Town, contact Cape Town Tourism on +27 (0)21 487 6800 or email enver@capetown.travel.

For more about Cape Town Tourism and the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, please visit www.capetown.travel/2010.

Must-see attractions

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ fast approaching, it’s a good idea to start planning your in-between match activities. With Cape Town’s top attractions, that shouldn’t be much of a problem.

Table Mountain is a definite must, with a ride on the Cableway to get a magnificent 360° view of the city and surrounding areas.

A very popular destination is the V&A Waterfront, which will keep you occupied for hours as you shop, have lunch, visit museums and much more.

Have a picnic with friends and family at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, South Africa’s world-famous botanical garden.

For an unforgettable experience, visit Robben Island, to see where some of South Africa’s most famous political prisoners were incarcerated.

Before the next match, excite your palate and quench your thirst (for passengers only) by taking a tour of Cape Town’s winelands. Must-see winelands include Constantia, Durbanvile and Helderberg.

Visitors looking for advenure and adrenalin can hire a Harley Davidson, test drive a supercharged Reynard single-seater race car around the Killarney Race track or try paragliding or sandboarding.

For more information on what you can do in Cape Town during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, visit Cape Town Tourism’s online visitor section.

Cape Town makes Forbes’ list of ‘World’s Most Beautiful Cities’

Popular website Forbes.com has published its list of the “World’s Most Beautiful Cities” for this year, and Cape Town has been included, along with cities such as Paris, Vancouver, Sydney, Florence, Venice and London.

The website states: “Since beauty is subjective, we surveyed city specialists from a range of fields, including urban planning, architecture and sustainable development.”

According to the website, Raymond Levitt, director of the construction programme in civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, and one of the judges, said “open spaces” were what made Cape Town special.

Read more here.

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(1) Comment

  1. hoh

    hello!
    interesting Code of Responsible Pricing post
    i wonder how many will take notice of it
    greed is a powerful driving force to deal with!

    You may like to see the Queen mary 2, in Cape Town’s harbour, which is larger than our stadium!
    and if you scroll down lots of detail shots of the burilding
    http://worldcupstadium.wordpress.com/
    cheers
    roll on June….

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