All you need to know when attending a match

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The 2010 Local Organising Committee has issued comprehensive transport guidelines and other important information for the thousands of fans who will be attending matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Each host city has developed an integrated match day transport plan based on their current public transport infrastructure.

During the tournament fans are encouraged to use the various public transport options as well as tournament specific transport such as the park and rides and park and walks in each of the host cities.

However, spectators are encouraged to not rely solely on the park and rides. They should travel to the transport hubs in each host city and use the array of buses, taxis, shuttles and commuter rail options that will be available.

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.

Spectators should also take note that there will be no "drop off" point at the park-and-rides. In order to use the park-and-rides you must park your vehicle at one of the sites.

In Johannesburg there are two integrated transport hubs from where various forms of public will transport fans to the two stadiums. They are the Westgate Transport Hub and the Sandton Metrobus Transport Hub.

The Westgate Transport hub is situated at the Westgate Station at the corner of Anderson Street and Pat Mbatha Bus and Taxi Way. l

On Match Day the following public transport will converge here:


 Metrobus Services

 Buses from the Airport on Match Days

 Rea Vaya - a new Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) is designed to provide a high quality and affordable transport system, which is fast and safe. Rea Vaya BRT comprises a middle lane for large, high tech buses which will transport you comfortably and quickly around Johannesburg using specific designated routes, enclosed bus stations along the routes and a high tech control centre to ensure your Rea
Vaya experience is a world class one.

 InterCity (Bus) Services

 Bus services from Cities outside of Gauteng

Once fans have arrived at this transport hub they will be able to catch a connection to the stadium with Rea Vaya or with Metrorail. Buy your tickets for the Rea Vaya at the Rea Vaya Station for R12. Match
Day ticket holders can take the Metrorail for free.

The Sandton Metrobus Transport Hub:

Metrobuses will be running on match days from the Sandton Transport Hub to the Westgate Transport Hub. These buses will be running every 10 minutes. Metrobus will be stopping along the route while still in the Sandton area, to pick up fans.

Airport transfers will be bus services running from the OR Tambo International Airport to Sandton on a daily basis as well as to Westgate in the city centre on match days. The Gautrain will also run services from OR Tambo to Sandton. There will also be services running from Lanseria Airport to Sandton and back.

Park and Ride Sites at the Park and Rides spectators will park their vehicles and be shuttled via Rea Vaya, Metrobus and Taxis to the stadium. All the selected facilities are within a 12km radius of the stadium.

The following sites have been identified as Park and Ride sites:

Wits Campus, (Soccer City and Ellis Park)

Constitution Hill, (Soccer City and Ellis Park)

Gold Reef City (Soccer City and Ellis Park) and Bez Valley (Ellis Park only)

Park and Walk Sites:

At a park and walk spectators will park their vehicles and walk to the stadium in Johannesburg. The furthest Park and Walk is 2.2km away from the stadium.

The following sites have been identified as park and walk sites:


Randshow Rd,

Aeroton (all for Soccer City)

Athlone Boys (for Ellis Park)

The costs for the park and rides and park and walks will cost you R50 for a car, R100 for minibus taxi, R700 for 64-seater bus tickets can be bought at Ticketbreak, From 1 June these tickets will also go on sale at Computicket at

Please note that all park and ride and park and walk tickets must be bought prior to the match day as no tickets will be sold at the park and ride and park and walk facilities. Fans without a vehicle parking ticket will not be given access to the park and ride facilities.

Commuter Rail: Metrorail will be transporting fans on both their event service and their ordinary commuter service trains. On Match days extra trains will be provided to run from Westgate Transport Hub to Soccer City and Ellis Park. There will be no charge for taking the trains if you are match day ticket holder. Please visit the Metrorail website at

Bus Shuttles: Spectators will be able to board a Rea Vaya bus and be transported to within easy walking distance of the stadiums. You can be dropped-off or leave your car in a private parking garage in the vicinity of a Rea Vaya Station and board the bus. All Rea Vaya Stations will be operating during the tournament. A return trip will cost R12 (South Africa Rand). Visit

The City of Cape Town will offer visitors and residents safe and easilyaccessible public transport during the 2010 FIFA World Cup(tm). Rail, bus and other existing services i.e. metered taxis and car rental will cater for a wide variety of transport requirements, and will ensure that the Cape Town Stadium, the FIFA Fan Fest(tm) and the public viewing areas are adequately served.

Event-related public transport will be added to the regular public transport system i.e. an airport shuttle to the Cape Town International Airport, a stadium shuttle to the Cape Town Stadium and Bus & Rail Park and Ride services. Travel around the city will be served by an inner city transport service.

Transport Hub: The Cape Town public transport hub will be based in the city centre in Hertzog Boulevard outside the Civic Centre in central Cape Town. This is within easy walking distance of Cape Town
Station, the Golden Acre bus terminus, station deck minibus taxi rank, metered-taxi ranks, long-distance bus terminal; FIFA Fan Fest(tm) and the fan walk to Cape Town Stadium.

There will be a transport information kiosk at the transport hub, as well as volunteers to assist visitors.

Airport Shuttle Service: A 24 hour service from the Cape Town Airport to the main transport hub which is next to Cape Town Station in the city centre will operate throughout the event. An airport-to-city service will run from the bus station at the airport, via the N2 and Eastern Boulevard, to the main transport hub. This service will operate 24 hours a day for the duration of the event.

Stadium Match Shuttle: A free shuttle bus service for match ticket holders will run from the main transport hub to Cape Town Stadium in Green Point. This service will operate from six hours before kick-off, until four hours after the final whistle. Buses will depart every three to five minutes, depending on demand.

Inner City Service: The inner-city bus service, which will run 24 hours a day, will travel from the main transport hub and around the city's main streets i.e. Heerengracht, Coen Steytler, Long and Loop Street and back to the main transport hub. This route is supplemented by the Queens Beach and Hout Bay services that serve a wider city area providing convenient access to the Waterfront and the Atlantic Seaboard.

Park and ride sites: A free (match ticket holders only) shuttle service to the Main Transport Hub will run from the University of Cape
Town, which is one of the three park and ride sites provided by the city.

This service will operate during the same time as the stadium shuttle allowing spectators from UCT to transfer and proceed to the stadium.

The other two park and ride sites are:

 Camps Bay High School

 Kronendal Primary School in Hout Bay.

These sites will be served by the Hout Bay Service which is a paid service and will operate from four hours before kick-off until 02:00.

Commuter Rail: Rail forms the backbone of the entire metropole's transport system consisting of 14 service lines and 119 stations connecting Cape Town to neighbouring district municipalities. Cape
Metrorail will extend its existing services to operate until 02:00 daily for the duration of the World Cup event.

Major stations have been identified as convenient park and ride locations, giving access to more than 7 000 remote parking bays. These stations will have additional security, and will offer event-related activities.

For detailed schedules and the list of park-and-ride stations visit

For more information on Cape Town's match day transport plans please visit: or

Stadium behaviour:

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.

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 are 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 weapons.

 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 umbrellas.

 No motorcycle helmets.

 No food or drink.

 No gas, spray cans, corrosives or anything that could cause fire.

 No fireworks.

 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 animals.

 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 follow:

 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 -

Source: 2010 Local Organising Committee.