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August 31, 2009

Plenty to see on fan walk to Green Point Stadium

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Cape Town Tourism and Cape Town Routes Unlimited (the marketing organisation for the Western Cape) hosted a walk along the 2010 FIFA World Cup fan walk last week.

This is the route that pedestrians can take to Green Point Stadium after they have commuted to the city using public transport.

There are six points of interest along the route:

1. Africa statue
2. Waterkant Street
3. St Andrew’s Square
4. Corner of Chiappini and Somerset Roads
5. Somerset Rd
6. Gallows Hill

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The fan walk starts at the Africa sculpture by Brett Murray in St George’s Mall. That’s the bronze figure decorated with yellow Bart Simpson heads!

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Waterkant Street is a great example of why Cape Town is a walk-able city. The lively stalls along this section of route offer some unique and affordable Capetonian snacks. 

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St Andrew’s Square has deep roots in the history of slave trading in Cape Town. The church on the square was the first church that allowed slaves to enter freely and pray. During the 2010 World Cup the square will be the staging area for post-match chill-out lounges.

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The corner of Chiappini and Somerset Roads is where the fun begins. Somerset Rd is lined with many bustling nightclubs and bars – Bronx perhaps the more notorious amongst them.

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Further developments on Somerset Rd will ensure that the fan walk will be an engaging experience from start to finish. It is proposed that some of the roads feeding into Somerset Rd have restricted access during the World Cup.

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6. Gallows Hill is currently a nondescript parking area situated next to the Cape Town Traffic Department. For 2010, however, it will be developed into a public space.

Green Point Stadium will be the focal point of soccer in Cape Town during the FIFA World Cup.

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Have you been to the Green Point Stadium Visitor Information Centre? It’s awesome! I’ll cover it in more detail in a later post, but meanwhile enjoy these pics of Cape Town Routes Unlimited and Cape Town Tourism learning the diski (soccer) dance.

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Lianne Burton (Middle) doing the Diski Dance.

To see more pictures, please visit Aslam Levy’s blog by clicking here.

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