With the long anticipated event about to Kick Off, we have been assured the City of Joburg that our country is ready. Jo’burg (which has two of the nine stadia) will be hosting 15 of the matches – 7 at Ellis Park and 8 at Soccer City).
Fan parks will be located across our country where spectators can watch the games live on big high-definition screens. Jo’burg fan parks will be at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, at the Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown and at the Innes-Free Park in Sandton. FIFA has not confirmed whether these will have accessible facilities or not.
There will also be Public Viewing Areas, sponsored areas set up by businesses but not connected to the official FIFA sites, so watch out for this information in your local press.
Persons with Disabilites
There is an overlay service for those who have their parking permit and tickets. Report to the Remote Search Park, where JMPD and SAPS will clear your vehicle and escort you through to the Allocated Accessible Parking area within the Stadium, (which we have been assured will be on the same level as the seating area allocated for PwDs.
There will also be an area for Visually Impaired persons with a commentator. What is planned for - and what actually happens - may be poles apart, so get there early and have the number of the stadium manager on hand in case you have any problems.
30% of spectators will be VIP’s, transported in private vehicles, leaving the city responsible for the successful transport of the rest. Spectators will be ferried to collection points around the city, transported to the stadia and back again.
Use will be made of: Rail, the Rea Vaya BRT system, Park and Walk and Park and Ride systems. The city has split up the incoming travellers and allocated responsibilities:-
Air Travel: ACSA and Ekhuruleni Municipality are responsible for arrival and transfers;
Road: Cross border – Dept of Home Affairs, between provinces – Nat. Dept of Transport, Within the City - City of Jo’burg and Province;
Rail Based – PRASA;
Gautrain – Gautrain Management.
The normal service will run during the event. Twelve routes and corridors have been identified to service the World Cup with dedicated trains – 14 to Soccer City, 13 to Ellis Park and 14 to Loftus. Additional services from Jhb to NASREC, Westgate to NASREC and Westgate to Doornfontein will also run.
The Shosholoza Mail service will also be operating. All dedicated rail sets will stop running ONE HOUR BEFORE kickoff so that spectators will be guaranteed of arrival at the stadia in time for the match.
Rea Vaya BRT
On match days spectators will be given priority. Westgate will be the transport hub and the interchange between rail and BRT. Authorities are estimating that BRT will transport between 16,000 – 20,000 spectators and will operate until the last spectator has been transported to the hubs.
BRT will service the Park-and-Ride at Wits Campus and Constitutional Hill with trips from Wits to Soccer City taking about 20 minutes. Spectators from the North will be split between the two centres.
Inter-city rides will run between Westgate and Sandton on match days to save over parking problems.
The BRT will also assist with the shuttle service for VVIP’s and VIP’s
Park & Walk
There are four Park-&-Walk areas and these are allocated as follows :
An estimated total of 25,500 spectators will have a safe accessible route from the parking ground through to the stadium. The maximum distance to be walked will be 2.2km.
Park & Ride
Again there are four areas identified for this service and it is hoped that the Constitutional Hill and Gold Reef City hubs will be used by spectators as a tourist stop before the games.
Payment for the Park & Ride areas is on a Pre-Book system. No ticket, no park. The ticket will be per vehicle and not per person. The buses will run until the last spectators have been cleared from the stadium. The Park & Ride centres will open four hours before the match and stay open for four hours after the match is finished. However staff will remain until the last car has left the centre.
There will be a queueing system for spectators to enter the buses and clear signage and pamphlets will be available for this system as well as the Park & Walk : (See table above)
Costs for both the Park and Ride and the Park and Walk are:
Sedans: R50 per vehicle
Mini Buses: R100 per vehicle
30 – 40 Seater R500 per vehicle
64 Seater R700 per vehicle
Do support our National Team and try your best to get to a match or two, or visit the Fan Parks or Public Viewing Areas.
Be courteous to the tourists and be patient with the traffic congestion on match days.
Remember to PLAN AHEAD and you should have a positive experience throughout the World Cup!
The greatest entertainment event, the Kick Off Concert, will feature performances by international and African superstars with guest appearances by football legends. Artists include - Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Angelique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, BLK JKS, John Legend, Juanes, Shakira, The Parlotones, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka TourÃ©, Vusi Mahlasela. The three-hour celebratory extravaganza starts at 20h00, 10 June before a capacity audience of 30,000 and will be broadcast worldwide.
Tickets are available from Computicket and the Accessible seats are Lower Level - R1150 and R1400. Row Z Block 4,5,18,19,20,21. Tickets purchased by PwDs will include a FREE ticket for an assistant. Ticket prices include VAT and Park and Ride.
EVERYONE will make use of Park and Ride facilities from Nasrec. Concertgoers will use the free bus shuttle service to and from Orlando Stadium. NO PARKING is permitted near the stadium. A comprehensive safety and security plan will be implemented for both Orlando Stadium and the Nasrec Park and Ride hub The Grand Finale - Celebrate Africa Concert - featuring Andrea Bocelli and other guests will take place at Coca-Cola Dome, Randburg.
The multi-award winning artist Andrea Bocelli, who boasts worldwide record sales of over 70 million copies, will be joined on stage by the celebrated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams and South Africa’s own soprano sensation, Pretty Yende, to celebrate the FIFA 2010 World Cup Finals, on Friday 09 July at 20h30.
There is a platform for Persons with Disabilities and tickets are available from Computicket at R1400.00 per person. The platform holds a limited amount of people and therefore only one assistant per wheelchair user is allowed.