June 11, 2010
Cape Town Stadium hosts France and Uruguay
Cape Town Stadium from the stands. Photo courtesy gregwalshza
France drew 0-0 with Uruguay in the first ever international match at Cape Town Stadium on Friday night, which was also the second match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
Despite the bland result, the match was of high quality, with both teams creating chances that they just couldn’t capitalise on.
Cape Town football fans even got the amazing opportunity to watch legendary French striker, Thierry Henry, take the field in the second half. he certainly added a lot to the game when he came on. This could possibly be his last World Cup, following a highly successful career.
Cape Town Stadium attracted much praise from those who attended the historic event. Cosmopolitan editorial director, Vanessa Raphaely, wrote on Twitter during the match: “At Cape Town Stadium. Good natured well organised beautiful…”
Mbulelo Ntsente said he was very impressed with all the festivities outside the stadium. “I enjoyed the Fan Walk so much I didn’t even notice the walk,” he said.
“There were minstrels and bands playing, as well as plenty of other performers. Some shops put speakers outside and people were dancing in the streets; young people, old people, people of all races, there was an amazing atmosphere.”
Cape Town Stadium has a capacity of 68 000 and was built at a cost of R4.5 billion. It will host a further seven matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, including a round of 16 match, a quarter-final and a semi-final.
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