After the 2006 successes, Fan Parks are spreading across South Africa.FIFA Fan Fests will be providing supporters with a place to watch matches in a fantastic environment, but the private sector have set up other Fan Parks as well.
This private sector World Cup initiative, designed to enable fans to celebrate the football jamboree in an environment that showcases true South African hospitality, will be welcoming local and foreign visitors from June 11 to July 11.
The festive football village in Johannesburg will offer entertainment such as the German Fan Mile, a Brazilian Caipi bar, a Bavarian beerhouse and an African shebeen, every day from 11am until late.
The village will provide restaurants and pubs to keep supporters well fed and their thirsts quenched, while live entertainment including South African artists Jamali, Garth Taylor, Mean Mr Mustard and Loyiso will put people in the festive mood ahead of the live games.
The International Football Village (IFV) promises a safe, secure and inviting environment where fans can watch the matches live on the big screen in the 2,000-seater arena located at the German Fan Mile, while mingling with visitors from across the world.
The IFV is on a five-hectare site at the Birchwood Hotel & Conference Centre, near OR Tambo International Airport and tickets for the day will cost R100 (approcimately €10 or $13).
Fan Parks and Fan Fests will be a big hit during the competition. Below is a video of the FIFA Final Draw Fan Fest which took place in Long Street, Cape Town where Danish pop star Aleni Agami was taking in the atmosphere.
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