June 22, 2010
Bellville shows that Cape Town still loves Bafana Bafana
A Bafana Bafana fan blows his vuvuzela at the Bellville Velodrome. Photo by Roy Barford
Bafana Bafana were knocked out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ today, but some 8 000 fans at the Bellville Velodrome still went wild as they celebrated the 2-1 victory against former champions, France.
The match may have been played far away in Bloemfontein, but the vuvuzelas in Bellville Velodrome were just as loud as those in Free State Stadium. When defender, Bongani Khumalo scored for Bafana Bafana in the 20th minute, it felt as if the roof of the Velodrome was going to explode with all the noise. Just 17 minutes later, Bafana striker, Katlego Mphela, netted a second and further celebration followed, as fans started to believe that their team could achieve the 4-0 win they needed to progress to the next round.
Even though Bafana Bafana ended up falling short of this, fans were still happy with their 2-1 win against the fierce French, who won the World Cup in 1998.
The Bellville Velodrome is one of Cape Town’s four official public viewing areas for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and can comfortably hold 8 000 people.
There are two big screens on either side of the stage that often hosts big international musicians (Akon and Ne-Yo most recently) and if you get there early enough, you can get a comfy seat to watch the game from. There is also a large area that caters for people with disabilities and had full wheelchair access.
The Bellville Velodrome will screen the remaining four matches in Cape Town, as well as the other semi-final in Durban and the final at Soccer City in Soweto. See a full list of fixtures.