Several World Cup matches will be played at the stadium, but there only ever will be one 'first match', so fans are being urged to make use of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and book their place in the history books.
“We want this to be a family oriented event,” said Julie-May Ellingson, head of the strategic projects unit and 2010 programme.
“We want people to bring their children, because this is something
you’re going to want to tell your grand-children about, and your
children are going to want to tell their grand-children about.”
“Given our rich history and our long-time involvement with Durban and
KZN, we are proud to be part of this event,” Philani Mabaso, Usuthu’s
PR and communications manager, said, according to Kickoff.com.
“We’ll be playing on the same ground that will see some of the best of
the best work their magic during the World Cup. But more than that, we
will be making history.
“In years to come the players who take the field on the 29th will be
able to say with pride, ‘I was there! I played in the very first match
to be hosted at what has to be one of the most stunning stadiums in the
With four sectors on the lower level of the stadium being opened for
the opening match – among the very best seats in a stadium, where no
seat is further than 140m from the pitch – tickets are limited and only
22,000 are available.
“They are already on sale and selling fast,” says Ellingson.