DURBAN SOUTH AFRICA
2010 WORLD CUP - ACCOMMODATION

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2010 WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA
A FEW FACTS AND FIGURES

The Soccer World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world.

The qualifying rounds are now over and 32 countries will be competing in the Finals here in South Africa

Over half a million fans will be here in South Africa, including local supporters, and the tournament runs from Friday 11th June 2010, with the opening match at Soccer City in Johannesburg. The final will take place on Sunday 11th July also at Soccer City.

Between these dates a further 62 matches will take place in 9 host cities: Johannesburg (Ellis Park & Soccer City), Nelspruit, Rustenburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and, of course, here in Durban.

Bafana Bafana has automatic qualification, as the host country. A further 31 Country’s teams, from around the globe have qualified:

Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Cameroon, Nigeria, Algeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Slovenia, Greece, France, Portugal, USA, Mexico, Honduras, Denmark, Netherlands, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, England, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Durban will host 7 World Cup Matches, including 5 group matches one final 16 match and one semi final. Fixture dates are:

Group matches: 13th June (Germany v. Australia), 16th June (Spain v. Switzerland), 19th June (Netherlands v. Japan), 22nd June (Korean Republic v. Nigeria) and 25th June (Brazil v. Portugal) 2010.

Final 16 match: 28th June 2010

Semi Final match: 7th July 2010.



2010 WORLD CUP
FACTORS FOR LOCALS TO CONSIDER

  • Schools will be closed for almost over 4 weeks during the World Cup, so you will need to plan your child care requirements

  • Air tickets to Cape Town (for example) will cost about R8,000 per seat as some flights have to leave same night after the games due to accommodation problems in PLZ/CPT /DBN/BLOEM. So the flights will operate 24 hours. Expect NOISE. Expect TRAFFIC around airports all hours.

  • Fresh veggies and fruit will be scarce, if not unavailable, during this time. For the World Cup in Germany, they had to import them.

  • Traffic will increase by about 30% at the times of the games as fans go to the grounds or FANPARKS (games start at 13.30 , 16.00 and 2030 hrs. ) and matches are announced on December 4th. This is obviously the best time to fly - whilst matches are on !

  • Road areas around stadiums will be closed off.

  • It is expected that 550,000 people will be traveling to/from matches and 100,000 per match day... Expect considerable delays on match days.

  • There will not be parking available at airports - so arrange drop offs.

  • 4,800 buses will be operational and there will be restrictions on truckers/hauliers , etc. so we need to plan with clients and especially on containers needing haulage.

  • "Fan Parks" will be a huge attraction (there will be one on Durban beachfront and maybe others elsewhere) and traffic to/from those areas will be extremely congested. At one Fan Park in Germany 500,000 people pitched up, consuming during the events, 3 million sausages, 1 million litres of beer, etc. Think of the logistics and TOILETS... !

    Although the official World Cup is 11 June - 11 July 2010, the period between March and July 2010 will be an exceptionally busy period with the pre- and post- arrangements that will have a huge impact on business travel, accommodation, car hire, taxi services etc.

    Media Groups, Teams, FIFA officials etc will arrive last week in April and leave end July whislt fans will start arriving beginning June and with post tournament tours, leave 2 weeks after the final.

    Add to this other major events beside the FIFA World Cup that will take place in Durban at the same time: School Holidays (27Mar to 11Apr), Comrades Marathon (30May), International Tourism Imbizo at the ICC first week in June (50,000 delegates expected), School Holidays again (11th June to 12th July), Durban July (July 3rd), Tri-Nations Rugby and if the Sharks do well some exciting Super 14 matches plus seven public holidays during the period and...

    DURBAN WILL BE SOLID, PACKED OUT AND STRETCHED TO THE LIMIT
    FOR FIVE MONTHS NON-STOP

    between mid-March and Mid-August 2010..... So start planning now folks!