FIELD OF DREAMS
City ready to show off its new stadium
IT’S ALL systems go for today’s opening match at Cape Town Stadium.
The game between Santos and Ajax Cape Town will mark the official opening of the stadium, which has taken almost three years to complete.
The stadium in Green Point was a hive of activity yesterday as people arrived to collect accreditation for the game and workmen put the final touches to the structure. However, security guards would not let anyone into the grounds before the game.
The City of Cape Town said this week that there had been a “fantastic response” to the event and all of the 20 000 tickets were sold out. Only one level of the stadium will be open as organisers ease themselves into the swing of things.
The game, as well as mark- ing the opening of the R4.5 billion stadium, will be the first of three dry runs to test systems before the World Cup in June.
The city has appealed to fans who have not bought prepaid parking tickets to use the park and ride facilities available on the Foreshore.
Only ticket holders for the match will be allowed on the shuttle buses. This is also conveniently located for those who use public transport at Cape Town Station, Station Deck and the Golden Arrow Bus Terminus. Security will be provided at the shuttle bus access points.
The stadium gates will open at 2pm today, and an official blessing of the field will take place at 3.15pm. The game will kick off at 4pm after a performance by FreshlyGround.
Gates to the stadium will close at 7pm.