The 2010 Local Organising Committee has issued comprehensive transport guidelines and other important information for the thousands of fans who will be attending matches on Day 4 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Soccer City: Netherlands vs Denmark 13:30
Bloemfontein/Manguang: Japan vs Cameroon16:00
Cape Town: Italy vs Paraguay 20:30
Spectators should be aware of the fact that no private vehicles will be allowed within the stadium precincts and only people with valid, official tickets for the match will be admitted to the immediate surrounding areas. Private vehicles will also not be allowed to park close to the stadiums due to the exclusion zones which will be put in place. Fans are also encouraged to leave home early and get to the stadium well in advance of the start of the opening and closing ceremonies and kickoff on the other match days. Gates to Soccer City will open at 10am on the day of Opening Ceremony. On regular match days gates will open three hours before kickoff.
Arrangements the same as match Day 1. Spectators area once again encouraged to get to the stadium early and not to attempt to drive to the stadium.
The City of Mangaung will offer visitors and residents safe and easily accessible public transport during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Bus and other existing services will cater for a wide variety of transport requirements, and will ensure that the Free State Stadium, the FIFA Fan Fest and the public viewing areas (PVAs) are adequately served.
Event-related public transport will be added to the regular public transport system i.e. the airport to stadium shuttle that will run from the Bloemfontein International Airport to the Free State Stadium via the rail station and Park and Ride services. Manguang's inner city will be served by an inner city transport service.
Airport Shuttle: An airport to stadium service will run from the airport, via the Railway Station and major accommodation nodes e.g.
hotels and school hostels to the stadium.
Intercity Services: A dedicated inner city shuttle service will operate and this route will include a total of 16 stops including major accommodation and shopping nodes, the railway station and the stadium.
A valid match-ticket will allow the user access to the shuttle service, without any additional charges.
Park and Ride Sites: The following sites have been identified as
Bloemfontein Baptist Church, Nelson Mandela Drive
Bloemfontein Showgrounds, Curie Avenue
Park and Ride services to operate from 4hrs before kick-off to 2 hours the after game ends (for ticket holders). Other shuttle services, to operate from 05:00 to 22:00 from 2 days before first to 2 days after the last match to be hosted in Bloemfontein (for ticket holders).
Park and Walk Sites: The following sites have been identified:
Fontein Street Parkade.
Arrangements remain the same as Match Day 1.
The rules made easy
There are a number of rules which govern what fans can bring into the 10 stadiums which will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
A general list of prohibited items have been listed in the official 2010 FIFA World Cup Fan Guide and signage at the stadiums will remind fans of what they can and cannot bring into the stadium but there are a few other important points that they will have to take note of.
Parents who want to bring a small child or baby to a match will have to purchase a ticket for themselves as well as their child even if they are planning to have the child sit on their lap throughout the match. While megaphones, hooters or gas powered horns are on the list of prohibited items, fans can bring vuvuzelas to the stadiums.
Motorcycle helmets are prohibited but makarapas (safety helmets which have been decorated with football paraphernalia) are allowed as they are worn on the head for the duration of the match.
Stadiums will be open 3 hours before prior to the kick off time for matches 2-63. The stadiums for match 64 will open 4 hours prior to the kick off time. For the opening match the gates at Soccer City will be open from 10am. Fans are encouraged to be seated for the opening ceremony by 1pm. The ceremony starts at 2pm.
Spectators are requested to allow plenty of time and arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and must be aware that there will be no storage facilities at the stadiums to store prohibited items.
Spectators are not permitted to use or bring their video cameras, cameras (except for private use and then only with one lens and no rechargeable batteries) or other sound or video recording equipment or computers or other devices used for the purposes of transmitting or disseminating sound, pictures, descriptions or results of the events via the internet or other forms of media.
Spectators are also not allowed to bring bottles, cups, jugs or cans of any kind as well as other objects made from plastic, glass or any other fragile, non-shatterproof or especially tough material or Terapak packaging. Spectators are able to bring in such items as plastic baby feeding bottles but only in these specific cases of the very young if they are for a particular medical need. Otherwise these objects will not be allowed.
Standard one metre vuvuzela will be allowed into the stadium. No megaphones, hooters, or gas-powered horns. Kuduzelas and not allowed.
The OC would like to urge fans to understand that there are other people in the stadium who would also like to enjoy the game.
Spectators will be expected to leave immediately after the match and the stadium must be cleared within two hours of the final whistle.
Spectators are prohibited from carrying unwieldy objects such as large bags, rucksacks, suitcases and sports bags. "Unwieldy" is given to mean objects which are larger than 25cmx25cmx25cm and which cannot be stowed under the seat in the stadium.
Spectators will not be allowed to bring food into the stadiums.
Food on offer at the stadiums will include hotdogs, boerewors rolls, a variety of sandwiches, pies, halaal catering, crisps, chocolates and sweets.
Spectators are not allowed to bring alcohol in the stadiums, however, there will be alcohol sold at the stadiums.
Here is the full list of prohibited items for the stadiums:
No bottles, cups, jugs or cans.
No recording of sound images or footage other than for private use.
No alcohol or drugs.
No racist or xenophobic material eg t-shirts or flags.
No entering the pitch or area around the pitch.
No banners or flags larger than 2m x 1.5m.
No promotional or commercial material.
No motorcycle helmets.
No food or drink.
No gas, spray cans, corrosives or anything that could cause fire.
No standing on seats.
No excessive noise; megaphone, hooters or gas powered horns.
Vuvuzelas are allowed. Kuduzelas are not allowed.
No selling of goods or tickets.
No transmitting or broadcasting of sound, pictures, descriptions or results of the events via the Internet or other forms of media.
No objects which could compromise public safety.
No big objects which cannot be stowed under the seat.
Upon entry to the stadium precinct, fans will be directed to entry points by official signage.
They will then be directed to enter a security point where a security check will be carried out. A ticket check will also be performed here.
Once they have been cleared, they will be directed to a turnstile, where they will be asked to insert their ticket into a ticket reader.
If the ticket is valid, they will be granted entry into the stadium.
All stadium sections and seats will be visibly marked but stewards and volunteers are available to assist.
Once inside the stadium there are few guidelines which fans should
Produce your ticket when asked to do so
Only sit in the seat indicated on your ticket
Co-operate during security inspections
Stay out of restricted areas within the stadium
Keep all access stairways and emergency exists clear at all times
Only smoke in designated areas
Co-operate when asked to move to seats other than those allocated for security reasons
Spectators should be informed that companies may try to use fans as promotional tools by distributing promotional items to them in large quantities or with prominent branding - these items may include branded headgear, branded vuvuzelas, branded inflatables and branded flags or banners.
Spectators should know that these items are prohibited from the stadiums under the Stadium Code of Conduct and the Ticketing Terms and Conditions which prohibit any unauthorized marketing or advertising activity at a FIFA World Cup Match.
Spectators should be aware that security stewards are instructed not to let in any spectators carrying these items, so they should not attempt to attempt to bring them to the stadium;
The following items do not constitute prohibited marketing items:
Branded replica team football jerseys, unbranded generic football supporter items and normal branded items of clothing.
Source: 2010 Local Organising Committee.