New Cape Town Stadium gets its first test


The first referee’s whistle will soon announce the opening of Cape Town’s R4,5 billion stadium when it hosts its inaugural soccer game, a face-off between Ajax and Santos, Cape Town’s leading PSL teams on January 23, 2010.

The match marks the launch of the Cape Town Stadium Soccer Festival, which is a whole lot more than its name belies. The event will draw in local musicians and artists who are so much a part of the city’s “Live it. Love it. LOUDER!” energy and Capetonians’ passion for their city.

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The soccer festival will be closely followed by the Cape Town Stadium Rugby Festival on February 6, 2010, in which a Boland Invitational team will take on the Vodacom Stormers after a curtain raiser between the SA 10s Legends and the International 10s Legends. Featuring the provincial team, the rugby is sure to be a local crowd pleaser.

Both festivals will test the stadium’s systems and processes and put Cape Town’s newest landmark through its paces for the first time, highlighting its versatility as a multi-purpose venue. Ticket sales for the soccer will be limited to 20,000 and with seat prices pitched at R30 and R50, all Capetonians are encouraged to be part of this milestone. Note that tickets cannot be purchased on the day.