Preparations for the Vodacom Challenge going well

By FOCUS REPORTER

THE 2011 Vodacom Challenge gives supporters across the country the chance to see world-class football in some of the most modern stadiums on the planet as English giants Tottenham Hotspur take on Orlando Pirates FC and Kaizer Chiefs from July 16-23.

The prestigious competition returns to the South African football calendar after a break in 2010 for the FIFA World Cup™, continuing the rich history of what is one of the foremost pre-season tournaments in the world.

And organisers have stressed that the matches in Polokwane, Mbombela, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg will be staged in a family-friendly atmosphere and that prohibited items will not be allowed into the stadiums.  

Volunteers and security personnel will be on hand to assist fans in making sure that their match day experience is one to remember. Nicholls-Steyn and Associates are the official risk management consultants for the event and director Rory Steyn says supporters should take note of a number of factors.

“We encourage fans to get to the stadium early so as to make sure they are able to be in their seats for kick-off,” Steyn says. “It should also be noted that no tickets for the games will be sold at the stadium on match day. Fans should also make sure they are not carrying anything on the ‘prohibited and restricted items’ list [see below] as this will be confiscated by security personnel.

“This list is drawn up so as to ensure the comfort and safety of everyone attending the matches and we ask that fans adhere to the list so-as not to cause unnecessary delays at the various security checks that will be taking place.

“Past Vodacom Challenge tournaments have been exceptionally well supported and fans have always enjoyed the party atmosphere and we believe that 2011 will be no different as the tournament unfolds at these world-class stadiums, which have been built and modified for spectator comfort.”

The 2011 Vodacom Challenge opens with a match-up between Kaizer Chiefs and Tottenham Hotspur at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday, July 16. Tickets for that match start at R50, going up to R80.

The action then moves to the Mbombela Stadium in Mbombela where Tottenham Hotspur will take on newly-crowned 2010/11 ABSA Premiership champions Orlando Pirates FC on Tuesday, July 19. Once again tickets for that match start at R50, going up to R80.

Orlando Pirates FC and Kaizer Chiefs will then travel down to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth to meet in a Soweto Derby that will decide who will play Tottenham Hotspur in the grand final. That game is on Thursday, July 21 and tickets range from R50 to R80.

The final will be played at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg on Saturday, July 23, where the new champion for 2011 will be crowned. Ticket prices for this prestigious occasion also start at R50, up to R200.

Tickets can be purchased from all Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper outlets nationwide.


2011 VODACOM CHALLENGE PROHIBITED ITEMS LIST:

          The following prohibited items may not be brought into any Vodacom Challenge 2011 event:

          Fire arms

          Ammunition

          Knives

          Any sharp/pointed metal object that can reasonably be considered to be a dangerous weapon

          Any dangerous weapon as contemplated in section 1of the Dangerous Weapons Act 71 of 1968

          Explosives

          Tear gas, gas horns, mace or any dangerous chemical agents as contemplated in section 1 of the Tear-Gas Act 16 of 1964

          Narcotics (other than those prescribed by a registered medical practitioner)

          Any form of alcohol


RESTRICTED ITEMS LIST:

          Animals (other than guide dogs);

          Any glass or metal (e.g. can) food, beverage or condiment container (excluding perfume, medicines and insect repellent bottles only);

          Old South African flags;

          Banners of flags whose content can reasonably be considered to be vulgar, racist, sexist, discriminatory, provocative, inciting and /or offensive;

          Lasers or similar potentially disruptive light emitting or light reflective / refractive devices or objects;

          Fireworks, flares or any similar highly flammable incendiary device or object;

          Any device or object that can reasonably be considered to be disruptive or harmful to spectators at VC 2011;

          Any signs, clothing with enlarged branding or similar items with corporate branding other than official sponsors of VC 2011;

          Media equipment of non-accredited media personnel;

          Gas-braai equipment, portable braais or similar food heating equipment;

          Cooler-boxes or cooler-bags;

          Umbrellas;

          Televisions and radios (except small transistor radios with earpieces).

For further information, please visit – www.vodacomchallenge.com

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