Harry Gwala opening draws festive crowd of 10?700

2010-02-08 00:00

IT was fun all the way, despite the hot weather on Saturday during the official opening of the revamped Harry Gwala Stadium.

About 10 700 residents packed the stadium to be part of the festivities and to witness the first game to be played in the 12 000-seater.

Maritzburg United beat Golden Arrows 1-0 in an Absa Premiership encounter in the evening.

Earlier, before the cutting of the ribbon to mark the official opening, the province’s politicians — from councillors to MECs in the KZN legislature — took on the province’s legends in a game of soccer.

Clad in Bafana Bafana jerseys and sporting some impressive potbellies, the politicians lost 3-2 against the legends.

The game was entertaining with some moments that had the fans in stitches as their government leaders struggled to control the ball.

The mood in the stadium was upbeat from early in the day.

Tickets sold out quickly, while hundreds of people outside waited expectantly to make their way inside to get their first view of the stadium and join the fun.

Residents and soccer lovers alike were entertained by music from the likes of kwaito singer L’vovo Derrango, gospel artists Hlengiwe Mhlaba and Sifiso Mncwane.

The City of Choice was represented on stage by the PMB Choral Choir dishing out sweet sounds. Local kwaito groups Amaroka and Aziwa also entertained the packed stadium.

DJs “MaMgo” of Gagasi 99.5FM and Linda “Mr Magic” Sibiya of Ukhozi FM were programme directors on the day, much to the delight of the crowds.

Maritzburg United’s win over Arrows ended the festivities on a high note, and with the new stadium and their victory, the Team of Choice probably won themselves many new supporters.

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