Opening of the WC Soccer 2010

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First sight of the Greenpoint Stadium
Today I should meet Kimberley from the US. I waited a while for her call and decided to call home first to tell them that my flight was oké and that I had arrived safely in Cape Town. Just in that moment Kimberley called and spoke a message. Later she called again and we had contact. We would meet at the Grand parade to see the opening and the first game. But I was 15 minutes late :( and there were SO MANY people there that they won't let me on the square where Kimberley already was... We didn't meet. After 1,5 hours waiting to get in, the opening was already over and still nobody was allowed to get in. People were watching over the gates and telling us that there was space enough... crazy..... I wanted to see the game, so I had to leave for a bar somewhere.
After pulling of a small piece of your ticket, you can continue to the stadium.
I found space in "the loading bay" at hudson street and could see the game. I met some people there and talked with them over there vacation and mine. I had my drinks and food and was hoping that Kimberley will call again. But Calling and SMS is almost impossible. So I went to my guesthouse and found a message from here. We would try again in de evening at the soccer stadium. I told her with entrance I would go but soon I saw that 63.100 others where there too. Impossible to find her. I had written my block and seat in the stadium so if she was on time she could find me. But we missed each other. Next time better luck Kimberley. So arriving at the stadium was incredible. Soooo many people all walking if they know where to go. But there are so many signs there and at every 50 meters there is a volunteer to help you if you don't know where you should go.
You can find your block here.
For me it was entrance SOUTH. There are many in line for some kind of "custom check" but that went extremely fast. You had to show your ticket and walk another 300 meters to the stadium. There was another gate were they scan your ticket and the gate opens for you. A lot of place you will find there for food and drinks. Then you enter the "arena". Just waaw.... A huge stadium all in bright daylight. Also there at every stairway a volunteer to show you where your place is. But the signs are big enough for not seeing them. I saw that half of the people are already there busy with there... vuvuzela's. After 1 whole day in South Africa I am already used to hear that sound. Its the only sound you here all day. Unfortunately I saw no goals that evening, but a red card.
Foul play
The only things I missed was: The whistle of the referee. The TV-commends, and 25x a replay :D. The huge screen in the corner did show some replays but was not working all the time. I guess they are not allowed to show the replay of an "attack". It was a very nice evening and had nice neighbors from Texas, USA. They didn't like the temperature. Me neither. It was cold and windy inside. Suddenly all the players walked to one side and I guessed the game was over :P Thousands of people are walking home at the same time, but when the gates are gone it is no problem at all. With a 30 minute walk I was back at my guesthouse.
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First sight of the Greenpoint Stad…
First sight of the Greenpoint Sta…
After pulling of a small piece of …
After pulling of a small piece of…
You can find your block here.
You can find your block here.
Foul play
Foul play
My balcony
My balcony
View from balcony
View from balcony
Lions head and at the left: Table…
Lion's head and at the left: Tabl…
Table mountain, cable car arrival.
Table mountain, cable car arrival.
The beach at seapoint
The beach at seapoint
Lions head (669 meters)
Lion's head (669 meters)
Table mountain
Table mountain
Seapoint
Seapoint
Public swimming pool (RD14 a day)
Public swimming pool (RD14 a day)
Not good for swimming
Not good for swimming
:)
:)
Swimming pool, water 16 degr. now
Swimming pool, water 16 degr. now
My Guesthouse
My Guesthouse
Table mountain
Table mountain
I wanted to go there. But too many…
I wanted to go there. But too man…
So finding another spot to watch.
So finding another spot to watch.
Crowded
Crowded
Crowded
Crowded
Here I watched the opening game
Here I watched the opening game
Walking through Cape Town
Walking through Cape Town
You find these every where.
You find these every where.
In the evening going to the stadium
In the evening going to the stadium
Personal search on wapens. Even um…
Personal search on wapens. Even u…
After entering a security gate and…
After entering a security gate an…
113 was mine.
113 was mine.
Sitting on row 22, chair 7
Sitting on row 22, chair 7
Warm up.
Warm up.
Warming up
Warming up
I was there too.
I was there too.
The invisible site for the TV view…
The invisible site for the TV vie…
Entering the both flags
Entering the both flags
Players entering the Arena!
Players entering the Arena!
National Anthems.
National Anthems.
Preparing
Preparing
Preparing
Preparing
Big hug :P
Big hug :P
Waiting.
Waiting.
Lets go.
Lets go.
Action
Action
Free kick to take.
Free kick to take.
Cape Town
photo by: v10