Football fans will get their first inside glimpse of Cape Town Stadium

Football fans will get their first inside glimpse of the brand-new R4.5-billion Cape Town Stadium when the mother city’s two Premier Soccer League sides, Santos and Ajax Cape Town, clash in the match to be played at the venue on January 23 during the inaugural event at the Cape Town Stadium Soccer Festival, in association with Virgin Active and MTN.

Meetings between the duo are always keenly-contested encounters and it is fitting that these two fantastic ambassadors for the city should go down in history as the first to play at what is sure to become one of football’s great cathedrals.

And aside from the main feature of the Cape Derby, there will also be a live performance from South African Afro-Fusion band Freshly Ground and a display from the Vuvuzela Orchestra.

“The Cape Town Stadium Soccer Festival affords us the chance to celebrate the ingenuity of the team behind the magnificent Cape Town Stadium, as well as the rich traditions of Cape Town football in the match between Ajax Cape Town and Santos,” says Mr Ross Faragher-Thomas, Managing Director of Virgin Active, the official sponsor of the Cape Town Soccer Festival.

“The Cape Town Stadium is a venue that should make all South Africans proud, not just those from the mother city, and we at Virgin Active are delighted to play our part in this most historic of occasions.

“We know that this event will be well supported by the people of Cape Town, who are passionate about their football, but also their achievements as a city, and we look forward to enjoying the day of celebration with them.”

Hosted by the City of Cape Town, 20 000 tickets will be sold for the day of festivities as the operator’s of the stadium, SAIL STADEFRANCE seek to test the stadium’s systems and processes by slowly building-up to the full 68 000 capacity.

Tickets are available at all Computicket outlets and cost from R30 to R50, while parking tickets at the stadium can be purchased at a price of R20, though it should be noted that only 3 000 of these will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that no tickets will be available for sale at the Stadium.

The City of Cape Town will also be providing a FREE shuttle service from the Civic Centre in Hertzog Boulevard to the stadium and back. To use this facility, all you need to do is present your match tickets.

A Helpline has been set up for those who require further information on the event. The telephone number is 021 487 6800.

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