How to have a ball: survival pointers
Spectators won’t be caught off-side by following a simple guide, writes BIANCA CAPAZORIO
THE WORLD Cup is finally here. To make your experience of the games as easy and enjoyable as possible, Weekend Argus has compiled this guide of things you will need to know.
Cape Town will experience heavy traffic, and road closures, particularly on match days. Plan your route carefully, and allow extra time to get to your destination. If possible, use public transport.
There will be several road closures, particularly in the vicinity of the stadium.
The transport hub for Cape Town is situated near the Civic Centre in Hertzog Boulevard, which is close to buses, trains, the city centre and the stadium. Information about transport services can be obtained from the information office at the transport hub. There is a 24-hour bus service running from Cape Town International Airport to the transport hub.
A shuttle service runs from the transport hub to the stadium every three to five minutes, depending on demand. This service is free for match ticket holders.
The bus service starts six hours before kick-off and will run up until four hours after the final whistle.
The MyCiTi bus service runs two loops around the city centre. One loop runs clockwise, while the other runs anti-clockwise. Tickets are R8 and the service runs 24 hours per day.
Bus stops are marked with yellow signs showing a bus in black. The buses are blue, red and white and bear the MyCiTi branding.
A Queens Beach and Hout Bay bus service will also provide access to the V&A Waterfront and the Atlantic Seaboard.
A park n ride bus service will run from the University of Cape Town campus to the stadium on match days. It is also free for match ticket holders.
There are also park n ride facilities at Camps Bay High School in Camps Bay and Kronendal Primary School in Hout Bay.
This is a paid service and runs from four hours before kick-off until 2am.
Park n ride facilities exist at all the major train stations across the city. Metrorail has extended its operating hours until 2am to accommodate World Cup fans. Extra security will operate during this time. A detailed list of the Metrorail park n ride facilities is available at www.capemetrorail.co.za
More information on transport related issues can be found at www.capetown.gov.za or www.findyourway.co.za
Expect heavy traffic on Kloof Nek, Buitengracht and High Level roads on match days.
The Cape Town Fifa ticketing centre is situated on the Foreshore at the Spearhead, 42 Hans Strijdom Avenue. Tickets can be collected here. Take identification along to collect your tickets.
Tickets bear several safety features that allow officials to check their authenticity. Ensure you carry some kind of identification with you when attending matches as tickets bear the names of purchasers. Random ticket checks may be conducted.
Touting of tickets is strictly prohibited and against the law. Scam artists have been known to sell fake tickets, so do not purchase tickets from unofficial channels. To resell any tickets you may have, you will need to contact Fifa before the game to resubmit them.
Only sit in the seat number indicated on your ticket. The stadium is divided into four areas indicated by different colours. Your ticket will indicate which area you will sit in.
Seat numbering at Cape Town Stadium is done by a European system and numbers may seem strange. Double-check your seat number or ask someone for assistance.
No food, or drinks are allowed into the stadium. Refreshments will be on sale there.
Other prohibited items include: umbrellas, racist or xenophobic materials, motorcycle helmets and kuduzelas. Makarapas and standard, one-metre-long, plastic vuvuzelas are allowed.
No laptops or equipment for recording the game are allowed. A camera for personal use is allowed, but it may only have one lens.
Bags are allowed, but be sure that they are small enough to fit under your seat and do not obstruct the walkways.
Smoking is only allowed in designated areas.
Tickets must be bought for all children, even those parents who intend having them sitting on their laps.
The stadium must be cleared two hours after the final whistle. Fans will not be able to stay at the stadium after the game.
Cape Town’s official Fan Fest is at the Grand Parade.
This fan park can accommodate up to 25 000 people at any given time and will show every World Cup match.
Daily entertainment will also be provided. Security checks will be conducted at the entrance but entrance will be free.
Fan jols will also be held in Khayelitsha (Oliver Tambo Community Hall), Mitchells Plain (Swartklip Sports Complex), the Bellville Velodrome and in Athlone (Vygieskraal Stadium).
These will operate on all Cape Town match days, whenever Bafana Bafana plays and for all games from the quarter-final stage onwards.
The Fan Fest and fan jols run from 11am until 11pm.
EASY RIDERS: The MyCiTi bus service runs two loops round the city centre, one clockwise, one anticlockwise, 24 hours a day. Tickets are R8.
STAGE IS SET: Workers put the final touches to the Fifa Fan Park at the Grand Parade.