December 07, 2009
Long Street hosts soccer World Cup draw fan fest
An estimated 70 000 people crowded into Cape Town’s Long Street on Friday, December 4, with an additional 200-million viewers following on TV, to watch the highly anticipated 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw. Flags of all countries waved as the expectant crowd waited for the big draw, but it was the South African flag that flew most prominently and proudly as Cape Town represented the country in spectacular fashion.
The bars and restaurants lining Long Street were packed to the rafters as the festive crowd filled every available space, enjoying Cape Town hospitality at its best. If Friday was any indication of what is in store for the Mother City in less than 200 days, we can prepare for a party of epic proportions come June 11, Cape Town’s first World Cup game (Uruguay vs France).
While children sang, waved their flags and blew their vuvuzelas, adults enjoyed the abundant beverages, transforming Long Street into one of the biggest parties the Mother City has ever seen, made even more jovial by the awesome artists entertaining the masses. Groups such as Flat Stanley, CODA and TKZ had the crowds dancing in the streets while the expectations grew and the clock ticked ever closer to what everyone was there for – the Final Draw. Even the beautiful Miss World contestants made an appearance to support their teams.
As the fans’ favourite teams were drawn, cheers reverberated down Long Street. The loudest were reserved for Bafana Bafana, however, as they were drawn in a tough group – France, Mexico and Uruguay.
Festivities ran way past midnight, bringing the world, and more importantly Cape Town, one day closer to the “The Biggest Show on Earth” – the 2010 FIFA World Cup.