Port Elizabeth Fan Fest Opening

Excited football fans armed with vuvuzelas and wearing proudly South
African gear gathered at the opening of the official FIFA Fanfest™ at
St Georges Park on Thursday, June 10 to witness the 2010 FIFA World
Cup™ concert that took place at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg.

The opening of the Fanfest marked the start of the much anticipated
2010 FIFA World Cup™, with just hours before kick-off to the opening
match between Bafana Bafana and Mexico today (Friday, June 11).

Fans blew loudly on their vuvuzelas, an instrument that has become an
important part of the country’s World Cup legacy and identity.

Also present at the Fanfest opening was Nelson Mandela Bay Deputy
Executive Mayor, Cllr Nancy Sihlwayi, Eastern Cape MEC for Sport,
Recreation and Arts, Xoliswa Tom, and mayoral committee councillors.

Deputy Mayor Sihlwayi said the Fanfest was a place to network and an
opportunity for South Africans to showcase their identity.

“The visitors to our city must feel the warmth here. We must welcome
them with open arms,” she said.

MEC Xoliswa Tom did the countdown to the opening, and also thanked FIFA
President, Sepp Blatter, and former South African President, Nelson
Mandela, for believing in South Africa’s ability to host the World Cup.

Nelson Mandela Bay 2010 Director, Errol Heynes, said the Fanfest would
become more popular as the World Cup progressed.

“This is where the fans will come to party. We will also screen live
footage of fanfests from all over the world to show you what the other
countries are experiencing,” he said.

Heynes said that the Fanfest would showcase performances by mostly
local acts, and will strive to provide local artists with a platform to
be noticed.

The FIFA Fanfest is open daily from 11am to 11pm, but will be closed on
days when there are no matches scheduled to be played in the country.
The days that the Fanfest will be closed are as follows: 30 June, 1
July, 4 July, 5 July, 8 July and 9 July.

The Fanfest will provide football fans with live entertainment and fun
activities for the whole family, and every World Cup match will be
screened on the largest big screen in the country.


In order to promote easy access  and eliminate vehicular
congestion around the Fan Fest area, motorists visiting Fan Fest area
are advised to make use of the Union Olympics Sports Complex in Park
Drive. The facility will open at 09:00 daily, parking is free and
security is provided.

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