This week in Cape Town is going to be packed with a series of festivities leading up to the draw for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Starting with the switching on of the city’s World Cup themed festive lights yesterday Cape Town is buzzing with football fever. Some of the events that we can look forward this week are:
Monday 30th November-
The 36.5cm tall solid gold Fifa World Cup Trophy along with Fifa president Sepp Blatter arrives in Cape Town on a specially chartered plane (please say you have nothing to declare and avoid customs, as they wont release that for at least 3 weeks). The VnA waterfront also begins its week long festival leading up to the major event, which in conjunction with Fifa will see a collection of World Cup Soccer balls from past finals being displayed at the waterfront’s entrance. During the course of the week the VnA will also play host to a 5-a-side soccer tournament called Sony Fevapitch with 24 amateur teams registered to compete.
Tuesday 1st December-
Adidas will unveil the world’s largest football jersey at the Clocktower in the waterfront with the public being invited to sign the record-breaking jersey. A host of entertainment will also be provided at the amphitheatre, Paulaner Brauhaus(which MyCityByNight rocked hard last week) and the Market Square.
Wednesday 2nd December-
At 2pm City Mayor Dan Plato will host a VIP reception on Signal Hill where guests will be treated to typically South African entertainment and a spectacular view. Premier Helen Zille will also be holding a shin-dig at her official city residence Leeuwenhof for the Fifa delegates and Mr and Mrs Beckham if they’re not already having lunch with MyCityByNight.
Thursday 3rd December-
The Fifa executive committee is set to convene on Robben Island to have a tour and marvel at our Apartheid penal system (not).
Friday 4th December-
This is the big day which will see the groups for the finals next year decided. Giant screens will be set up in Long Street with the area from Dorp Street down to Buitensingel being converted into a pedestrian only party zone that will see around 15000 people showing up for a good jol. 8:30pm will also see the launch of the new 2010 South Africa World Cup ball and MyCityByNight cant wait to get our hands on one of these to rip up some mad diski skills- we’re planning a little soccer match between us and some of the other local bloggers in the upcoming weeks, but we’ll keep you posted.
So… big week ahead, I certainly cant wait to party it up with all you!!