More South African soccer fans are likely to watch the 2010 World Cup matches in so-called fan parks than in the 10 designated stadiums.

“The fan parks may constitute a ‘bigger’ World Cup than in the stadiums,” SA Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan told MPs on Thursday.

Briefing members of Parliament’s sport and recreation portfolio committee, he said at the last Soccer World Cup in Germany, three million had watched the games in stadiums, while 21 million had flocked to free fan parks.

Fan parks include a giant screen where matches are broadcast live.
Jordaan said each host city in South Africa would have one official fan park, except Johannesburg, which would have two.

“Johannesburg is the only city that will have two fan parks, on the basis that it has two venues, Ellis Park and Soccer City,” he said.

In addition to the fan parks, there will also be public viewing areas established.

A department of trade and industry official told the committee 47 such venues would be established around the country.

Ticket sales for the 2010 World Cup will start on February 20.

PUBLICATION: IOL
AUTHOR: SAPA
DATED: 5th February 2009