18 January 2013

South Africa: Afcon Opener - Getting to the Stadium

Roads leading to Johannesburg's National Stadium will not be accessible to motorists without a valid vehicle pass ahead of Saturday's opening of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), says the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation.

Afcon 2013 kicks off at the National Stadium on Saturday with a 4pm opening ceremony followed by two matches, starting with South Africa versus Cape Verde at 6pm.

"To avoid traffic congestion and frustration, we appeal to soccer fans to make use of the alternative means of transport to the stadium. We want to present a seamless, incident-free tournament that will be enjoyed by all," MEC Lebogang Maile told journalists on Wednesday.

"Gates to the stadium will open at 12 midday, and we appeal to soccer fans to arrive at the venue early, at least two hours before the opening ceremony, which will start at 4pm."

Fans are encouraged to make use of park-and-ride facilities situated at:

Constitutional Hill, Joubert Street, Braamfontein

Westgate, corner Pat Mbatha and Anderson Street in the Johannesburg CBD

Metro Centre, 158 Loveday Street, Braamfontein

Thuso House, 61 Jorrison street, Braamfontein

Fans using the park-and-ride facilities will be required to pay R30 for parking and a return trip to the stadium on a Rea Vaya bus.

Fans will also be able to travel for free on 20 dedicated Metrorail trains running to Nasrec station and back from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Soweto and Vereeniging.

Afcon train schedules: National Stadium

Additionally, park-and-walk facilities are located near the stadium. The designated areas are:

Aeroton: Adcock Ingram Road, corner Randshow and Aerodrome Road

Shareworld: corner Shaft 17 and Nasrec Road

Cemetery site: corner Randshow and Aerodrome Road

However, motorists who wish to use these facilities must pre-book their parking at Computicket before heading to the stadium. For a normal family car (sedan), a ticket will cost R50, while a ticket for a taxi is R100. Buses will pay R400.

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