Wednesday, July 11, 2007

3 Years to Go!!

Three years to go ... three years to the day of the 2010 World Cup Final. (Above, Italy winning the 2006 Final.)

How will I make it?
How far am I willing to go to make this a reality?
What kinds of people will I meet? What sorts of stories will I have to tell?
Who knows? Questions that I can't answer at the moment.

Instead of pounding you over the head with mushy personal tales, let's hit you with some cold hard facts from our friends at Project 2010, whose slogan is 'Preparing South Africa for the World'. They're an SA-based company with a load of information about the World Cup. You could spend hours there.

From them, a fact sheet about the 2010 World Cup.
See ya in three years! Predictions? On July 11, 2010 we'll be watching Brazil defeating Germany in the Final game ... you heard it here first! (Who knows? Maybe Italy-Cameroon in the Final? Would be nice ...)

When will the World Cup be held?

It will be staged between June 11 and July 11, 2010.

Where will the World Cup games be held?

In Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Pretoria, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth and Rustenburg

Where will the opening match and final match be played?

Soccer City in Johannesburg is expected to host both these fixtures.

When will tickets sales open?

February 2009.

What is a ticket going to cost?

Preliminary ticket prices are expected to range from R280 ($45) to R5 000 ($800) for the opening match, R140 to R1 500 for group matches, R280 to R2 300 for the last 16 matches, R350 to R3 000 for the quarterfinals, R400 to R5 000 for the semifinals, R350 to R2 300 for the third and fourth play-off and R630 ($100) to R7 500 ($1200) for the final.

How will tickets be distributed?

Tickets will be delivered via the officially appointed 2010 Fifa World Cup courier or made available for collection at pre-defined ticket pick-up points. This will happen as late as possible to reduce the possibility of counterfeiting as much as possible.

Where will I be able to watch the games if I can't get a ticket?

Matches will be broadcast globally on television and radio. There will also be several fan parks set up around the country.

What are the key dates for events linked to the World Cup?

Preliminary team draw (23 Nov 2007), World Press Day (24 Nov 2007) FIFA
Confederations Cup, South Africa (14 - 27 June 2009), Final Draw (Dec 2009),Team workshop (Feb/Mar 2010), Referee Workshop (Feb/Mar 2010)

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