If you don't have tickets to watch World Cup matches at stadiums, you can still have loads of fun watching matches at FIFA fan parks and public viewing areas. Here you can enjoy safe and free viewing with friends and family..
There will be one FIFA fan fest park in each of the host cities, except in Johannesburg, which will have two. In addition to fan parks, various host cities, as well as non-host cities and towns will also have public viewing areas. The fan parks and public viewing areas will show matches live on huge TV screens.
Both fan parks and public viewing areas will be at central points and will be safe.
Entry to fan parks and public viewing areas is free. However, there are some rules that have to be followed at official FIFA fan parks. The do's and don'ts for promotional activities during the FIFA World Cup will be clearly marked by the relevant host city.
These rules have to do with protecting the rights of the world football controlling body's partners, 2010 World Cup sponsors and national sponsors.
They include not using the FIFA logo or the names of their sponsors for personal gain, promotions etc.
FIFA warns that those found not following these rules will be informed in writing. If the situation is not corrected immediately, they may be prosecuted.
Between matches, entertainment will be provided in the form of live musical performances, as well as other activities for the entire family. This is to make sure that local football fans, as well as visitors, enjoy a truly African football experience. Food and drinks will also be available.
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public viewing parks:
- Cape Town's fan park is at the Grand Parade. Public viewing areas are at the Athlone Civic, Belville Velodrome, Swartklips Sports Complex and Oliver Tambo Sports Centre in Khayelitsha.
- Durban's fan park is at New Beach. Public viewing areas are in KwaMashu and at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi.
- Polokwane's fan park will be at the Polokwane Cricket Club.
- Bloemfontein/Mangaung's fan park will be at the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre.
- Mbombela/Nelspruit's fan park will be at the Bergvlam High School.
- The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro/Port Elizabeth fan park will be at St George's Park.
- Rustenburg's fan park will be at Field's College School.
- Johannesburg's fan parks will be at Elkah Stadium in Soweto and at Innes Free Park in Sandton. Nine public viewing areas will also be set up.
- The Tshwane/Pretoria fan park will be at the Centurion cricket ground. Public viewing areas are located in Mamelodi, Atteridgeville, Soshanguve, Hammanskraal.