Football lovers are geared up for The 2010 FIFA World Cup, hosted by South Africa this Summer!
This will be the first time that the tournament has been hosted by an African nation, after South Africa beat Morocco and Egypt in an all-African bidding process
World football’s governing body is expecting a spectator turnout of 95-97% for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ – numbers also achieved in Germany in 2006.
Surrounding the recent talks of low turn out in ticket sales, Fifa President Sepp Blatter alluded to the fact that more than 200 000 tickets had been sold in first eight days of the latest sales phase. “If we can sell so many tickets in eight days, what can stop us from selling 300 000 in the next days left,” Blatter said.
The ten stadiums have a collective capacity of 5,44,200 people and each offers state-of-the-art facilities and world-class security.
Each host city will also offer fan parks where matches will be screened. Refreshments (traditional South African cuisine) and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available.
Millions of South Africans have risen to the occasion by taking part in several initiatives aimed at boosting the country’s image as a soccer loving nation.
These include the Football Friday’s initiative, which Blatter described as “phenomenal”, and the Fly the Flag for Football campaign. The 50 days countdown, a campaign organized by the Local Organizing Committee, also attracted a lot international media attention.
South Africa – The Country
This is a great opportunity for Tourists to enjoy the most watched event, at the same time club it with the journey of exciting South Africa.
South Africa offers a wide variety of places to see. From the Apartheid Museum, the Cradle of Humankind (in Mogale City), the National Botanical Gardens (in Roodepoort) and the vibrant Newtown precinct in Johannesburg to shopping malls at Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, there are plenty of wonders to watch. One can witness the meeting of two might oceans at Cape Point.
In Durban, visitors can take a self-drive out to the Midlands for beautiful scenery, rural hospitality and a delicious repast prepared from home-grown, organic produce. A day trip to the Oriental Market in central Durban is a treat of cultural texture. Don’t forget to bargain when shopping!
Host city Nelspruit is two short hours from the world famous and iconic Kruger National Park – an African Big Five nature reserve. Nelspruit also offers some of the finest natural beauty in the world. Take a drive out to God’s Window or the Blyde River Canyon to appreciate this beauty.
Polokwane is ideal for history and art and craft lovers. Port Elizabeth is heaven for outdoor enthusiasts. Host city Rustenberg is also an entertainment and gaming resort. Tree top canopy tours are offered in nearby Magaliesberg.
World Cup Dates – 11th June to 11th July 2010
Opening & final Match – in Johannesburg
Other Hosting cities – Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Rustenberg.