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The Newlands Stadium has been around since mid-1880s and has hosted 1995 Rugby World Cup. Its security, parking and administration capabilities have regularly proven worthy of many major sporting events.
The Newlands area is central to best pubs, sports bars and restaurants in Cape Town. The stadium is literally just over tracks from a major brewery. Capetonians are known for their festive spirit and atmosphere is expected to be anything but bland.
Finding a place to stay won't pose any problems. Most areas are within 30 minutes of Newlands, including airport. As mentioned earlier, stadium is next to train tracks and directly opposite train station, so you can catch a train from Cape Town Station to Newlands, which is only 8km away, in less than 20 minutes. Plus you don't have to do driving after festivities.
Durban is to host World Cup opening ceremony
Durban will be hosting opening ceremony in 2010 and Kings Park Stadium, which has won critical acclaim from visiting officials and media, has been nominated as location for semi-finals. The stadium stands less than a kilometre from Indian Ocean allowing matches to be played in luxury of warm Durban evenings.
Kings Park Stadium is roughly ten minutes drive from main hotels and railway system is linked from city centre to outlying residential areas.
Although Durban has been mentioned as favoured host for opening ceremony and match, Johannesburg has received same kind of attention. At this stage there is stiff competition between host cities, which is a good thing as this will make sure best venue get picked.
Get ready for an African World Cup: Sun block, Passion, Vuvuzela...
As kick-off time draws nearer and South Africa gets ready for a global sporting festival of gigantic proportions, blast of Vuvuzelas can almost be heard resounding through air. 50,000 of them are now being sold every month.
South Africa is a country in transformation and we have come a long way since changes began. Preparations and renovations are already underway, ensuring everything will be running smoothly and ready come 2010. Now only big question left to answer is... will you be?
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