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January 23, 2010

Cape Town Stadium hosts first soccer match

Some 20 000 vuvuzela-blowing fans were well entertained as the teams fought to the death in an exciting penalty shoot-out, which was eventually won by Santos.

Picture of Santos supporters

Santos supporters in full cry. All pictures by Luke Turnbull

Although no goals were scored during the 90 minutes of play, the crowd never lost interest. Musical performances from the likes of Freshly Ground, Coda and a vuvuzela orchestra ensured extra entertainment value.

Picture of Cape Town band Coda

Popular Cape Town band, Coda, entertained the crowd

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato were present to welcome fans to the stadium that will host the likes of Christiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard, Thiery Henry and possibly even the great David Beckham during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, which starts in June.

Picture of Helen Zille and Dan Plato

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato were present at the historic first match in the new Cape Town Stadium

Watching the goalless match, Cape Town Councillor Monty Oliver suggested that South Africa needed to find some quality goal scorers in order to be competitive at the World Cup. He was, however, very excited about the international stars who would be making their way to the Mother City in a few months.

“I’d most like to see Steven Gerard playing for England in this stadium,” he said.

Said Cape Town resident Bronwen D’Oliveira, “I had a great aftenoon. The stadium is a world-class facility, but it came alive filled with us Africans. The energy was amazing and I loved it.”

Picture of Bafana Bafana fans

Bafana Bafana fans dressed in South African national gear

Read more about the exciting inaugural match.

The Cape Town Stadium Rugby Festival takes place on February 6 and will feature the first full rugby match at Cape Town Stadium, when the Vodacom Stormers take on a Boland invitational team in preparation for the upcoming Super 14. This will be also be a great opportunity for Stormers fans to see new world-class signings Bryan Habana and Jacques Fourie wearing their team’s colours.

Tickets range from R50 to R80 and are available from Computicket. Parking will be available for R20.

Were you at the first match, or have you been inside the new Cape Town Stadium yet? We’d love to hear what you think! Please post a comment below.

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