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Old October 6th, 2009, 02:48 PM   #1
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Fan Parks 2010 World Cup

In order for more people to share in the experience and excitement of the World Cup, it has been decided that South Africa will provide a number of fan parks. The most important thing about fan parks are they are free venues so if you don't manage to get tickets to the games, it is certainly a good alternative with atmosphere almost like being at the game.


Fan Parks are almost like a second stadium where fans can watch the game on giant screens broadcasting live transmissions of the soccer games.

There will be fan parks in all the host cities plus many of the country's other towns are also planning to offer similar facilities.

Johannesburg has already identified three venues to be used as fan parks during the World Cup. These are Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown (which will be the official FIFA World Cup Fan Park), Innes-Free Park in Sandton and Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown.
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This is the site where nelson mandela gave his famous speech when he was release from prison.

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Fan Parks No ticket? No problem!

Not everyone who wants a ticket is going to get lucky, and there will be fans who want to stay in one place, but still follow all the games. A lot of people will choose Durban as their base city and combine some fun in the sun with their World Cup™ experience.

So for the people who want the big match atmosphere but can’t get to the game, we’ve got the next best thing – Fan Parks.

Durban’s Fan Park: bringing the event to the people
Durban’s official Fan Park, with giant screens, entertainment and food and beverage facilities, will provide the perfect opportunity for spectators, tourists and residents who can’t make it into the stadium, to soak up the atmosphere and share the excitement of the Durban 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Durban’s Fan Park will be situated on the beachfront, close to the Kings Park Sporting Precinct. The Fan Park will be within easy reach of transport facilities and other entertainment options.
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Century old Cricket Club to make way for 2010 Fan Park


The 107-year-old Polokwane Cricket Club will have to find a new home after the Polokwane Municipality decided to use the venue as a fan park for next year’s Fifa World Cup.
The decision follows the municipality’s failure to secure R40 million from the national government for 2010 operations, R35 million of which was to be used for the fan park.
According to the municipality’s 2010 Director Ndavhe Ramakuela, the city only has a budget of R5 million to convert the club facilities into a fan park compared to the R35 million which was going to be used for the initial facilities.
“There is already water and electricity at the venue so it should cost us a lot less to prepare but we are not yet sure if the money with be enough. We are meeting, along other host cities, with the department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs regarding possible funding,” said Ramakuela, adding that he does not know the reasons given for the pull out of the funds.
He also said tenants of all municipal facilities around the club that are also going to be used have been notified of the plans.
According to the Pietersburg Cricket Club’s Des Wheelwright, the club is glad it can help make the international showpiece a success despite the challenge it (the club) faces in securing a temporary home base for the first half of next year.
“We are proud that the World Cup is coming to town and we don’t mind the inconvenience to support it,” Wheelwright said.
The club has a history of being a home for soccer and cricket development in the district, having also been a home base for the now defunct Premier Soccer League side Ria Stars for 14 years.
It is also home to Seshego cricketers and has managed to attract teams from outside the province to its well looked-after facilities.
“Our season starts in August but we will have to find an alternative venue to use from January to May,” Wheelwright said.
He also said that another major concern is the employees of the club, some of whom have been with the club for more than
30 years.
“We are now looking for facilities we can rent or store some of our equipment and we are also engaged in talks with the municipality about the possibility of maybe employing some of our staff as we might have to relocate to Tzaneen or Makhado from January to July next year.”
Other sporting facilities within the vicinity of the Peter Mokaba Sports Complex who have been told to find alternative accommodation for the duration of the tournament are the Polokwane Athletics Club, a gymnastics club and squash club
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Port Elizabeth

St. George's Park



The sport stadium at St George’s Park, conveniently nestled in the leafy suburb of Park Drive in Nelson Mandela Bay, has been selected as the venue of the Official FIFA Fan Park. As such, it will act as the destination for locals and tourists alike to converge in a central location before, during and after the airing of the live football matches. The Fan Park will run from 11 June to 11 July 2010, acting as the base in which visitors to the city may relax and enjoy all of the World Cup fever that Nelson Mandela Bay has to offer.



This Fan Park is designed to allow those avid football fans that could not attend all of the games to meet in safe, central surrounds and enjoy live broadcasts with friends and family. Big screens and hi-tech sound equipment will guarantee optimal viewing to ensure that every goal is as rewarding as if spectators were seated behind the posts. Every football match will be aired live, providing the experience of viewing all 64 matches in true African leisure and comfort.

Between matches, fans will be well occupied at the Fan Park. Children and their parents are encouraged to enjoy the entertainment and activities; all guaranteed to provide an authentic African football experience. Food and beverages will be available at the park, and visitors may prefer simply to relax and enjoy the temperate African climate and rich culture. Entertainment will comprise live musical performances as well as interactive activities for the entire family.

The venue of the Official FIFA Fan Park boasts a seating capacity of 17 500 people and a pitch area of 16 000m². The Duckpond Pavilion has 32 16 seaters and 5 19 seaters suites. This provides a total capacity for about 30 000 fans. The stadium is situated in the central, yet exclusive Park Drive neighbourhood. From here, the beautiful Eastern Cape beaches, convenient accommodation and several major shopping centres are all within a 15- to 30-minute drive. For added convenience, several shops and restaurants are within walking distance from the park.

Some parking is available in and around the FIFA Fan Park venue, although using the official transport provided specifically for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ is recommended to ensure shorter walking distances and convenience. Security personnel and medical facilities will be present during the Fan Fest to ensure that visitors to the park and to Nelson Mandela Bay are as safe and secure as possible.

Nelson Mandela Bay promises its local and international football fans a safe, fun and genuine African experience in the heart of this beautiful coastal city.
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Port Elizabeth

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The sport stadium at St George’s Park, conveniently nestled in the leafy suburb of Park Drive in Nelson Mandela Bay, has been selected as the venue of the Official FIFA Fan Park. As such, it will act as the destination for locals and tourists alike to converge in a central location before, during and after the airing of the live football matches. The Fan Park will run from 11 June to 11 July 2010, acting as the base in which visitors to the city may relax and enjoy all of the World Cup fever that Nelson Mandela Bay has to offer.

This Fan Park is designed to allow those avid football fans that could not attend all of the games to meet in safe, central surrounds and enjoy live broadcasts with friends and family. Big screens and hi-tech sound equipment will guarantee optimal viewing to ensure that every goal is as rewarding as if spectators were seated behind the posts. Every football match will be aired live, providing the experience of viewing all 64 matches in true African leisure and comfort.

Between matches, fans will be well occupied at the Fan Park. Children and their parents are encouraged to enjoy the entertainment and activities; all guaranteed to provide an authentic African football experience. Food and beverages will be available at the park, and visitors may prefer simply to relax and enjoy the temperate African climate and rich culture. Entertainment will comprise live musical performances as well as interactive activities for the entire family.

The venue of the Official FIFA Fan Park boasts a seating capacity of 17 500 people and a pitch area of 16 000m². The Duckpond Pavilion has 32 16 seaters and 5 19 seaters suites. This provides a total capacity for about 30 000 fans. The stadium is situated in the central, yet exclusive Park Drive neighbourhood. From here, the beautiful Eastern Cape beaches, convenient accommodation and several major shopping centres are all within a 15- to 30-minute drive. For added convenience, several shops and restaurants are within walking distance from the park.

Some parking is available in and around the FIFA Fan Park venue, although using the official transport provided specifically for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ is recommended to ensure shorter walking distances and convenience. Security personnel and medical facilities will be present during the Fan Fest to ensure that visitors to the park and to Nelson Mandela Bay are as safe and secure as possible.

Nelson Mandela Bay promises its local and international football fans a safe, fun and genuine African experience in the heart of this beautiful coastal city.
Thanks for the update, but I just have a question about capacity. How can they claim that St Goerges has a seating capacity of 30 000? It's closer to 17 000. Are they going to seat people on the playing surface?
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The Grand Parade in Cape Town has had some changes since that picture was taken. For more information see the Grand Parade Revitalization thread for more updated information on the venue hosting the 2010 FIFA world Cup Fan Park.
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RUSTENBURG FAN PARK
It is expected that the FIFA FAN PARK in Rustenburg will be located at either the grounds adjacent to the Olympia Park Stadium or at the Thlabane Stadium in Thlabane North-West of the CBD and the third option is the Boitekong Sports Facility in Boitekong.
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Thanks for the update, but I just have a question about capacity. How can they claim that St Goerges has a seating capacity of 30 000? It's closer to 17 000. Are they going to seat people on the playing surface?
yes as you can see in this 2006 picture of the fan park in munich germany, some people are sitting and some are standing.

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The Grand Parade in Cape Town has had some changes since that picture was taken. For more information see the Grand Parade Revitalization thread for more updated information on the venue hosting the 2010 FIFA world Cup Fan Park.
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Durban can just picture it, Miami like parties on the beach........... & we wont stop till 6 in the mornin...
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can't find any pics now but burnette str in hatfield (here in pta) will be closed to traffic and turned into a fan mile.
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Red tape strangles benefits of ideal World Cup fan park

2009/11/10

One Small Voice, by Edward Griffiths

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IT has been said before but the words bear repeating: the 2010 Fifa World Cup presents South Africa with a once- ever opportunity to market itself to the world.

Marketing matters because it will promote growth in tourism, conferences, trade and investment, which will create jobs and generate wealth, which will alleviate poverty, which will make South Africa a more prosperous, more secure and even more wonderful place to live.

But none of these outcomes are automatic. The World Cup is primarily a football tournament, and a host country that sleeps can very easily be passed by almost unnoticed, reduced to bland and eventually irrelevant scenery.

The collective challenge for South Africans next year is to be sufficiently bold, bright, creative and innovative to wrap this nation all around the event, and project an uplifting and positive image to every corner of the globe. A historic and unique moment approaches – snooze and we will lose.

Six new stadiums will certainly thrill visitors and viewers alike – the structural wonder of Soccer City in Johannesburg, the extraordinary Green Point Stadium in Cape Town and the magnificent Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban will shatter global perceptions of Africa as an impoverished wasteland.

But history suggests it is the official fan parks – where tens of thousands watch the matches on giant screens – that generate the most impressive pictures. The enduring image of Germany 2006 was the sea of flags and joy at the Tiergarten in the middle of Berlin.

Fifa has worked hard for three years to create an official Fan Fest programme that effectively sells South Africa and, after working through delays caused by host city inertia and financial wrangling, it has reached a critical moment.

Nine of the 10 sites have been confirmed, but only three will produce images to excite picture editors around the world. Grand Parade in Cape Town will benefit from the backdrop of Table Mountain and North Beach in Durban will yield wonderful images as the sun sinks into the ocean. The site at Elkah Stadium in Soweto may not win any prizes for natural beauty, but the excitement, passion and buzz in the grassroots heartland of SA soccer surely will.

The 10th official Fan Fest site, frustratingly still to be confirmed, has the potential to provide maybe the most seen, most instantly identifiable image of the entire event.

When Sir Herbert Baker sat down in 1909 to design the Union Buildings, 285m of beautiful light sandstone buildings on a ridge overlooking the capital with impeccably ordered lawns and gardens flowing down to Church Street, creating an iconic amphitheatre instantly recognised around the world, he was hardly focused on creating the ideal Fifa Fan Fest site.

But he might as well have been – the giant screen between the two trees, the symbolic seat of government behind, tens of thousands of people on the lawns as there have been for presidential inaugurations.

World Cup organisers long ago identified the site as the optimum location for a Fan Fest, but their inspired vision has become increasingly bogged down in officialdom.

“Yes, no, but it would be a security threat because the site is too close to many embassies”, or “Ja, but we can’t have so many people near government buildings.”

The days become weeks, 2010 draws ever closer. Somebody in the City of Tshwane recently suggested Pilditch Stadium as an alternative but images of the ramshackle, rundown athletics venue will not induce one tourist, one dollar of trade and investment.

It’s now or never. This World Cup is not a rehearsal. Sooner or later, preferably sooner, there may be only one person who can cut through the red tape and confirm the Fan Fest will be at the Union Buildings – and that’s the resident.

Over to you, Mr President.

http://www.weekendpost.co.za/sport/a...aspx?id=495187
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When Sir Herbert Baker sat down in 1909 to design the Union Buildings, 285m of beautiful light sandstone buildings on a ridge overlooking the capital with impeccably ordered lawns and gardens flowing down to Church Street, creating an iconic amphitheatre instantly recognised around the world, he was hardly focused on creating the ideal Fifa Fan Fest site.

But he might as well have been – the giant screen between the two trees, the symbolic seat of government behind, tens of thousands of people on the lawns as there have been for presidential inaugurations.

World Cup organisers long ago identified the site as the optimum location for a Fan Fest, but their inspired vision has become increasingly bogged down in officialdom.

“Yes, no, but it would be a security threat because the site is too close to many embassies”, or “Ja, but we can’t have so many people near government buildings.”

The days become weeks, 2010 draws ever closer. Somebody in the City of Tshwane recently suggested Pilditch Stadium as an alternative but images of the ramshackle, rundown athletics venue will not induce one tourist, one dollar of trade and investment.

It’s now or never. This World Cup is not a rehearsal. Sooner or later, preferably sooner, there may be only one person who can cut through the red tape and confirm the Fan Fest will be at the Union Buildings – and that’s the resident.

Over to you, Mr President.

http://www.weekendpost.co.za/sport/a...aspx?id=495187
Another chance missed, can't these ***** realise the beauty of the union building and the surrounding. Imagine a heli showing the aerial view of the Union building and the rest of Pretoria CBD combined with the Zoo. Do they have an idea how beautiful that will be?



PE should have also chosen the beachfron as their fan park. I'm totally against the use of the stadiums as FIFA's recognised fan parks.
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Mo, do you perhaps know were the fan park of each city will be, if so please list them for me.
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...and North Beach in Durban will yield wonderful images as the sun sinks into the ocean.
Holy crap! That won't only excite picture editors. If South Africa manages to cause the earth to rotate in the opposite direction, that will really make the world sit up and listen. I'm excited to say the least.
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