City ready to show off its new sta­dium

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BIANCA CAPAZORIO

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.

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