September 15, 2010
Ajax Cape Town to host Platinum Stars at Cape Town Stadium
A pic taken during the first Premier Soccer League match at Cape Town Stadium. Photo courtesy Adrian Bischoff
Local soccer giants Ajax Cape Town will test their popularity when they welcome fans to the majestic Cape Town Stadium this Friday night for their home game in the Absa Premiership against Platinum Stars.
The game kicks of at 19h30 and tickets, priced between R40 and R80, are available from Computicket.
Some 45 000 fans gathered at the stadium on the opening day of the 2010 Absa Premiership on August 27 to watch Ajax beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0 and Orlando Pirates overcome new Cape Town side Vasco Da Gama 2-1. These double-header celebratory matches aimed to encourage fans to continue with the spirit of the World Cup.
However, there will be no enthusiastic chants of Bloemfontein Celtic fans and Orlando Pirates supporters to cheer on the Urban Warriors as they did on the debut night of the 2010 Absa Premiership. Ajax will be hoping that the beauty of the stadium will lure additional fans to the venue to provide local support.
Morne du Plessis, chairman of stadium operator SAIL STADEFRANCE, said they were thrilled that Ajax Cape Town had become the first local soccer club to run an event at the stadium, and urged all Capetonians to go and support them.
“We know it’s not possible to fill the stadium for every game, but we are confident that the Ajax supporters will help the club to achieve their fan numbers,” said du Plessis.
Cape Town Stadium embellishes the centre of Cape Town and is now one of the two most prominent landmarks that dominate the city’s skyline following the demolition of the Athlone cooling towers last month.
After successfully hosting eight World Cup matches, including the semi-final game between the Netherlands and Uruguay on July 6, the stadium stands out as one of the most significant monuments, not only in Cape Town, but also in all of South Africa.
For many, this is the most beautiful stadium in South Africa.
There will be great memories in this stadium. There will be games won and lost; there will be bad decisions and good decisions, but the most memorable day will always be on match day. Players from any team would be proud to play at the new majestic stadium and the spectators will provide the vibe as the “extra man”.
Exciting entertainment programmes will always get fans in the mood for any event hosted there.
The city hopes the stadium will captivate and attract fans from across the country and has, therefore, decided to make it an accessible site and to establish it as one of the major tourist sites in Cape Town by offering guided tours.
Once the lights have been switched off until the next big game, the city is convinced that both fans and players will leave with a lasting impression of having experienced one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world.