No incidence of violence at the 10 South African FIFA Fan Fests with 1,5 million visitors in two weeks
Monday, 28 June 2010 09:36
Pretoria - More than three million fans world-wide attended the 16 FIFA Fan Fest venues since the start of the World Cup in South Africa two weeks ago, the football governing body said on Sunday.
It said 1.5 million people visited the ten Fan Fest venue in South Africa while similar figures were recorded in Rome, Paris, Berlin, Sydney, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro.
The Fan Fest have been particularly successful in coastal towns where there has been warmer temperatures.
In South Africa, Durban topped the attendance to its Fan Fest venues with more than 375 000 people having watched the World Cup games on the giant screens. At least 304 581 people visited Fen Fest venues in Cape Town followed by Port Elizabeth with 146 974 and Sandton with 133 326.
At the Bellville Veledrome, one of the City of Cape Town's fan parks during the World Cup, there were two cases of crime: a drunk person and a fight. 6500 fans packed the Veledrome on 11 June before the opening match of the World Cup.
The Veledrome was open on the days Bafana Bafana played and is open on Cape Town match days.
C. Swart One of SA's problems is the negativity spread by some that have emigrated. Their opinion carries weight overseas because they are ex-South Africans. Unfortunately, racist attitudes travelled with them - many want to see the country fail now that it has a 'black' government. They quote the crime statistics as if they are some new development, when they have been at these levels for decades,unnoticed because almost all crime occurred, and occurs, in poor non-white areas and townships. ... Read more/Comment
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