The Soccer Festival @ Cape Town Stadium

I hate it when people call football “soccer”, but even I won’t let that put me off the first official sporting event at the stunning Cape Town Stadium:

The Soccer Festival on Saturday January 23 2010.

The attendance is limited to 20,000 for this match between two local sides Santos and Ajax Cape Town as part of the build-up to test the stadium readiness for the rather larger tasks which follow later this year.
A larger crowd will be allowed for the next warm up event:

The second Cape Town Stadium test event, planned for February 6, 2010, will launch the Cape Town Stadium Rugby Festival.  A Boland Invitational 15 side will play the Vodacom Stormers. The SA 10s Legends vs International 10s Legends promises to be an exciting curtain-raiser to the main match.

Who knows, maybe the Stormers will like it there so much that WPRU will abandon Newlands.
OK – I think we all know.

Tickets for the January 23rd event are available via Computicket while stocks last (obviously).
Event flyer.

EDIT: Just spoken to Jessica from Cape Town Tourism.
She’s just come out of a meeting with SAIL StadeFrance and they have said that CAMERAS WILL BE ALLOWED in the stadium on the 23rd.

She was at pains to say that the ban still remains on other items (firearms, ammunition, fireworks, pointy things, the old South  African flag etc.).
Which is nice.

15 thoughts on “The Soccer Festival @ Cape Town Stadium

  1. Phillip Gibb > Ooh no – I’m an Ajax man myself. Had to supress my cheers when I was watching Ajax win the derby at Newlands, because I was in the corporate box of the Santos owner. Almost a bit of an #owngoal. But yes, Stormers. And some Freshlygound as well. Why not?

  2. WPRU aren’t smart enough to move. Its all about thinking short term for them.

    I’m keen to take to the bus from the Civic Centre to the stadium! Free bus ride!

  3. Cape Town stadium not as glorious shocking amazement as Beijing Bird’s Nest Stadium. These Cape Town stadium look to be big white porcelain place to excreting. Chinese building look powerful strong amazement. CT building look to be weak exhausted place that look to be breaking soon hehe

  4. ctguy > Maybe one day. The Stadium needs them.

    Wu Li Wong > Come now – it’s not so bad. If it can survive the gales we’ve had, it can survive most anything.
    P.S. Love to all at Highgrove.

  5. Look I know it’s an issue for you since you’re British and all but the truth is…we always used to call it soccer here. My parents knew it as soccer and, growing up, everyone I knew called it soccer, it was only when the leagues started gaining popularity that the whole football thing moved in.

    So it could be worse than it is now ;P
    .-= Tara´s last blog ..Obligatory Review Post =-.

  6. Yup, have to say, it’s always been ‘soccer’ here in Cape Town, ever since I was young. Was only when English football came on the scene via TV that ‘football’ started to get a little traction.

    Come to think of it, I still call it soccer when I talk about a game…
    .-= Craig´s last blog ..Kirsty, Come Sit Over Here =-.

  7. Tara > You may bastardise the Queen’s English all you like, but I will not be a willing party to it.

    Craig > Well, now let’s see if we can take that “little traction” a whole lot further. To infinity and beyond! (Although, technically, that’s not possible)

  8. Chinese stadium look powerful strong amazement from the outside, and empty from the inside since the great powerful Olympic Games.

    Chinese stadium not to be seen in thick powerful smog.

  9. ctguy, you like make fun of Chinese man?
    Great China invade your tiny country so far, you look to floor and walls you see Chinese good.

  10. How about Morne Du Plessis make more tickets available as we have more soccer fans than rugby fans in Cape Town

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