Danny Jordaan has rated Port Elizabeth an eight out of 10 for atmosphere, security arrangements, accommodation, parking and large crowds following South Africa's match against Japan at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
Jordaan, who hailed the city’s operational readiness as “a success”, told The Herald newspaper that, “We are happy that the stadium is ready for the World Cup. From the [LOC’s] standpoint everything went off well.”
The stadium’s operational readiness had to be tested because “we wanted
to check if everything would work well under a maximum crowd,” Jordaan
“I must say, the crowd was wonderful,” he added. 44,000 people passed through the turnstiles.
“The Japanese enjoyed their stay in Port Elizabeth. We thank the city
council and the 2010 LOC of Port Elizabeth for working hard to ensure
everything was in order.”
Jordaan’s commendation has been emphasised by the announcement that
Kaizer Chiefs will take on Cape Town’s Santos in a Premier Soccer
League encounter at the stadium on Friday.
“It is great news that the match will be brought to Nelson Mandela Bay.
Soccer fever has definitely hit the region,” SAFA Nelson Mandela Bay
representative Boya Chetty said yesterday.
“History was made in Eastern Cape soccer when we had the biggest crowd
ever during the international friendly, and it bodes well for the metro
to have the game here. The media, the public and the business sector
have played a huge role.”
Inside the 46,000-seater stadium – the first in the country to be
completed for the World Cup – fans waved flags and blew vuvuzelas. A
strong security presence was visible in the crowd, while police made
sure unnecessary standing by fans was minimised.
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com