Durban's 2010 World Cup Stadium Opener Is A Sell-Out

Tickets for the PSL (Premier Soccer League) match between AmaZulu and Maritzburg United, which officially opens the new Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Sunday, have been sold out.
Although the Durban Stadium can accommodate more than 50,000 fans, only 22,000 tickets were made available for the clash.

Usuthu PRO, Philani Mabaso, told it is the biggest crowd they have had, at least in the last three seasons.

“It is exciting. I mean selling out the tickets five days before the game. We took a decision to put out only 22,000 tickets because it is the first game there, which means we have to look at the issue of safety and making sure we do it right the first time,” Mabaso said.

“Even when we have played Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, we have never had such a big crowd at home. The highest we got against Pirates in the last three seasons was 11,000 and Chiefs it was 15,000,” he continued.

“The only time we sold out was when we played our first game in Ulundi Stadium last season against Free State Stars, which only takes 8,000, and they only had 300 to our 7,700, so it shows that people in this province love football. Being a part of the first ever game at Moses Mabhida motivates them too,” Mabaso said.

“It is so exciting that even our game against Platinum Stars today at Chatsworth has been forgotten,” he added.