World-class soccer expected during Cape Town International Challenge
The second round of the Cape Town International Challenge will be played on Saturday, April 10, at the Cape Town Stadium and will serve as the stadium’s fourth test event for the World Cup. This follows the first round of the challenge, which was played at Newlands today (April 9).
Spectators for Saturday’s “double-header” are urged to use the shuttle buses from Hertzog Boulevard. This is a free service for ticket holders. There is no parking for cars at, or near, the stadium.
Under-20 teams from South Africa; Nigeria; 2014 World Cup host country, Brazil and current under-20 world champions, Ghana, will participate in the hopes of winning this exciting new football competition. The challenge will see the Cape Town Stadium hosting its first full-capacity night football event. In addition, it will also be the first international football event at the stadium.
At a news conference held in Cape Town last night, the captains and management of each team squared up for the coming clashes with some friendly banter. The coaches promised world-class football featuring the best of Africa and South America.
There are still limited tickets available through Computicket, costing between R20 and R30. Gates at Cape Town Stadium open at 13h00 and the first game, South Africa vs. Nigeria, kicks off at 16h30. The second game, Brazil vs Ghana, kicks off at 19h00.
The public transport system to and from the stadium proved to be very successful at previous test events, greatly reducing traffic congestion. This service will run from 12h00 to 23h59 on Saturday and will be free for ticket-holders.
Spectators are encouraged to use the 22 park-and-ride facilities at the rail stations throughout the city to travel to the city centre. Additional security guards will be on duty at these stations and parking will be free, except at GrandWest Casino, where parking for the day will cost R10. In addition, Metrorail will be operating extended services for the event.
The 24/7 toll-free transport information centre can be contacted on 0800 65 64 63 for information on train arrival and departure times. Signage from the Cape Town Station will guide commuters to the shuttle service in Hertzog Boulevard, or along the pedestrian route to the stadium.
A dedicated transport service is available from the Civic Centre for spectators with special needs. Spectators can park on the ground floor of the Civic Centre and access the shuttle for those with special needs from the garage area on the Hertzog Boulevard side. To book a place on this dedicated shuttle please contact Dial-a-ride on 0800 600 895 and quote the event. Alternatively, five accessible low-floor buses will operate on the main stadium shuttle route.
No parking is allowed in the surrounding neighbourhoods. Spectators can use the limited free parking available on the Foreshore under the N1 Bridge and on-street parking is also available in the CBD. Security guards have been hired and will be patrolling areas within the CBD. The shuttle hub is walking distance from the Foreshore and the Cape Town Station.
Alternatively, spectators are encouraged to walk along Riebeeck Street and Somerset Road directly to the Cape Town Stadium. The walking time is estimated at about 20 minutes and could be quicker than the shuttle bus when taking into account waiting periods. After the event, part of Somerset Road will be closed to vehicles to allow a safe and enjoyable walk back to the city centre and Cape Town Rail Station.
Fans are advised to not bring food, drink, dangerous weapons, umbrellas, prams, or any cameras other than compact fixed lens digital cameras to the stadium. Any medical equipment must be clearly marked.
Issued by: Communication Department, City of Cape Town
Media enquiries: Pieter Cronje; Director: Communication, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 4592 or Cell: 082 465 4965.