May 27, 2009
Interesting facts about the FIFA World Cup and Cape Town
- Green Point Stadium, which is situated close to the central business district, has a capacity of 68 000. Its innovative design features include audio and light-reflecting elements that will make the World Cup a phenomenal experience.
- Capetonians are loud and proud, which is why it is only fitting that they have their own version of the vuvuzela for the 2010 World Cup. The colourful and now eco-friendly vuvuzela made from kelp will be heard reverberating across Cape Town in true South African style.
- Cape Town has produced some of South Africa’s best football players, such as Quinton Fortune, who played for Manchester United in 1999, Benni McCarthy, who played for FC Porto and currently plays for Blackburn Rovers, and Shaun Bartlett, who played for FC Zurich in 1998 and then moved to Charlton Athletic in 2000.
- South Africa is showing its appreciation to all soccer fans by putting up fan parks where supporters can view live soccer games and entertainment on big-screen TVs. The proposed location for the Cape Town fan parks are Grand Parade, Bellville Velodrome and Athlone Stadium.
- Green Point Stadium will live up to its name by going “green”. Instead of using pure drinking water to irrigate Green Point Common, the city will now use underground water from natural springs located in the city bowl above the Molteno Reservoir.