July 03, 2010
V&A Waterfront packed with fans on a sunny, soccer-mad Saturday
Football fans from far and wide find a seat ahead of today’s first match, between Argentina and Germany. Photos by Ingrid Sinclair
The City of Cape Town’s traffic services had closed down vehicle access to the V&A Waterfront by 15h00 today as the city’s 2010 FIFA World Cup™ fans, as well as the scores of international ones, formed a thronging mass at the popular harbour-side shopping and leisure attraction. The massive soccer-mad crowd, who slowly filled up every available corner of sunlight, is warming up for a very big day – two matches will determine the future of football giants Argentina, Germany, Spain and Paraguay.
Fittingly, supporters were dressed up in support of all these teams, as well as for Bafana Bafana. It’s a colourful affair out there today, and a happy one too – families and friends, tourists and locals worked together in semblance of harmony to create enough space for all to enjoy the first of the important matches – Argentina vs Germany – which kicked off at Cape Town Stadium in Green Point at 16h00.
Bafana Bafana forever in our hearts
Most of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ matches played in Cape Town thus far have been a little tainted by bad weather – rain, hail, gale-force winds and near-zero temperatures – but you couldn’t ask for better conditions today. It’s one of those perfect mid-winter days where short sleeves will do just fine; a windstill, sun-blessed, quintessential Cape Town day where you’ll miss out if you stay indoors.
The chill is, however, likely to set in by the time it gets dark so do remember to carry something warm with you while you’re out there.