How to have a ball: sur­vival point­ers

Spec­ta­tors won’t be caught off-side by fol­low­ing a sim­ple guide, writes BIANCA CA­PA­ZO­RIO

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE - TRANS­PORT: TICK­ETS: AT THE STA­DIUM: FAN­PARKS:

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.

PIC­TURE: MELINDA STUURMAN.

EASY RID­ERS: The MyCiTi bus ser­vice runs two loops round the city cen­tre, one clock­wise, one an­ti­clock­wise, 24 hours a day. Tick­ets are R8.

PIC­TURE: MELINDA STUURMAN.

STAGE IS SET: Work­ers put the fi­nal touches to the Fifa Fan Park at the Grand Pa­rade.

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