THE Moses Mabhida Stadium is “ready to go” for the Nedbank Cup final in Durban and venue chief Vusi Mazibuko has urged fans to play their part by arriving early for the season finale on Saturday.
The stadium will add to its glittering CV as a world-class facility by staging the sixth out of 12 post-2010 World Cup finals under the Premier Soccer League (PSL) banner when Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits meet in the east coast city.
The clash, which offers the winner a cool R7-million, will bring the curtain down on the 2013/14 South African season.
Just over 50,000 fans are expected to be in attendance for the game with a warm afternoon expected to greet them, although rain is forecasted for the 15h00 kick-off.
“We’re looking forward to another big final played here in Durban and preparations have all been completed for the big day,” Mazibuko told PSL.co.za. “The most important message we’d like to convey is to ask spectators to please arrive early.
“South Africans have this tendency to always pitch up at the last minute. We’re encouraging people to come early by 1pm, which will be a really good time, considering the gate open at 11am and the game starts at 3pm.
“It’s unreserved seating and works on a first-come-first basis. Fans should understand this and make sure they’re there early.
“There’ll be plenty of food and drinks available at the kiosks inside the stadium, so that’s one less thing to worry about. We hope people will have a fantastic time on Saturday.”
Fans are encouraged to used the park and ride service from Durban Station where there is parking available for free and trains available at R5.20.
“It’s a good chance to use the train,” Mazibuko explained “If you prefer to park closer to the stadium, there are several designated areas, but fans will thereafter have to walk.”
By Thursday afternoon the ‘sold out’ signs were already been put up after organisers confirmed the match was a sell-out.
“We are expecting a capacity crowd, that means a full stadium of just over 50,000,” Mazibuko said.
The capacity of the stadium is 56,000, although only 48,000 of those are sold to the public, with 2,000 going to hospitality and a further 5,000 from the first two rows closest to the pitch held back for security reasons.
On the matter of security, Mazibuko warned potential trouble makers that there will be extra policing for the game.
“Our private security company has been amplified, as we always do for a major game,” the stadium manager added. “We’ve also engaged with SAPS (South African Police Services) to increase their deployment in and around the stadium.
“They’ve confirmed they will do so and we should have SAPS personnel visible in all areas.”
Mazibuko also confirmed that the pitch was “in perfect condition” after it was last used on Saturday when Lamontville Golden Arrows hosted Orlando Pirates in the final round of the Absa Premiership season.-www.psl.co.za