Global 2010 FIFA Fan Fest Fiesta!

28/11/2009 at 11:00 6 comments

While the 2010 FIFA World Cup is predominantly seen a South African or African affair, FIFA wants the event to be a global party. That is why the international soccer body, for the first time in history will be organising so-called Fan Fests

If local foot ball games in South Africa end up in a massive party, can you imagine what these Fan Fests will do? 🙂 - PHOTOGRAPH BY MIRIAM MANNAK

around the world.

Fan Fests have been scheduled for Berlin,Germany’s main host city of the 2006  FIFA World Cup in 2006, as well as London, Mexico City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney. South Africa’s nine host cities will also be organising Fan fests in 2010.

During these public live viewings of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, soccer fans can view the 62 matches live on massive screens, in the midst of other soccer fans. The entrance to the FFA Fan Fests will be free of charge.

It will be the second time that FIFA gives way to public viewings or Fan Fests as part of the of the official World Cup Soccer programme. During the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which took place in Germany,  more than 18 million fans gathered at the 12 official Fan Fests in Germany and transformed the country into one of the greatest fan parties of all time.

With the 2010 World Cup, it is for the first time Fan Fests will be held around the world

“The FIFA Fan Fest was an important part of the success of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and we believe that the 2010 FIFA Fan Fests, both in South Africa and in the other seven international venues, will bring an unprecedented experience to millions of football fans in South Africa and around the world,” said FIFA President Joseph Blatter.

In South Africa, the FIFA Fan Fest will be a joined effort between the respective Host Cities and the FIFA and the Local Organising Committee. FIFA is taking responsibility for the International FIFA Fan Fests.

“We have always wanted the 2010 FIFA World Cup to touch the lives of as many South Africans as possible. The FIFA Fan Fest will provide an opportunity for millions of our people to watch the matches in a festival environment for free and will also provide an opportunity for small businesses and our musical talents to benefit from this event,” explained Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa at a press conference.



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