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December 24, 2009

Ajax and Santos to kick the first ball at Cape Town Stadium

On Saturday, January 23, 2010, the first soccer match to be played at the new R4.5-billion Cape Town Stadium will be a clash of Cape Town’s two top Premier Soccer League teams, Ajax Cape Town and Santos.

The City of Cape Town, as part of its readiness programme for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, hosts this inaugural match.

The number of spectators will be limited to 20 000 for the event, because it is partly a test of the stadium’s systems and processes. Says SAIL Stadefrance Operating Company Executive Chair Morne du Plessis: “We ask for support from the local community – we will try to minimise the impact on residents in the area.”

SAIL Stadefrance CEO Purshoth Chetty has encouraged Capetonians and visitors to be part of a Cape Town milestone and celebrate the city’s achievement. Tickets are now sold out.

The Ajax Cape Town and Santos match is the first event of the Cape Town Stadium Soccer Festival. Says Du Plessis: “This is so much more than a soccer match – there will be participation from local musicians and artists and we intend to build on the event each year, creating an annual event at which soccer can be celebrated in Cape Town.”

The second Cape Town Stadium test event, planned for February 6, 2010, will launch the Cape Town Stadium Rugby Festival.  A Boland Invitational 15 side will play the Vodacom Stormers. The SA 10s Legends vs International 10s Legends promises to be an exciting curtain-raiser to the main match.

Jean Louis Romain of SAIL Stadefrance, a joint venture between South Africa’s SAIL and France’s Consortium Stadefrance, which manages the stadium, says the facility “has been designed as a multi-purpose stadium and is able to incorporate rugby and soccer matches, as well as live entertainment and concerts. The test events have been designed to allow us to test all these uses as well as our event management plans, to ensure we have sound operating systems.”

There will be a free shuttle service from the Civic Centre in Hertzog Boulevard to the stadium and back for fans who have not purchased pre-paid parking tickets at the stadium. To use this facility, all fans need do is present their match tickets. This service will operate between noon and 19h00. The pick-up point is conveniently located for public transport users of Cape Town Station, Station Deck and the Golden Arrow Bus Terminus. Security will also be provided. 

No parking will be permitted at Cape Town Stadium other than for pre-paid parking ticket holders. 

The schedule for the day is:

14:00 Gates open
Roving podium entertainment
15:20 Official blessing of the field and opening of the stadium
15:30 Musical performance by FreshlyGround
16:00 Ajax Cape Town vs Santos game 1st half
16:45 Vuvuzela orchestra performance
17:00 Ajax Cape Town vs Santos game 2nd half
17:45 Final whistle
17:55 Official trophy ceremony
19:00 Gates close

Cape Town Stadium Infographic

Download the Soccer Festival infographic by clicking on the image.

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Photo courtesy Bruce Sutherland and the City of Cape Town

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Photo courtesy Bruce Sutherland and the City of Cape Town

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