Fans turned away from fanpark

2010-07-08 09:41

Hundreds of fans were turned back at the fanpark in Durban last

night because the venue was full.

This was at the same time when hundreds of spectators were stuck in

the skies trying to land at the newly built King Shaka International Airport for

the World Cup semifinal match between Spain and Germany.

Security guards had to turn back supporters at the fanpark since it

was over-capacity. Thousands of supporters – in their teams’ gear – were left

stranded outside the fanpark and had to be redirected to watch the game at the

amphitheatre not far from the beach.

While others walked to watch the game at other venues across the

warm city, loyal ones hung around the fanpark’s gates hoping that the guards

would open for them.

The Airports Company of South Africa was forced to divert planes –

including private jets of international celebrities and commercial airlines –

due to lack of space for landing. It was reported that the old Durban airport

had to be used for private jets to be parked there.

Some flights were allowed to land at the airport during half-time

and were quickly whisked in buses to watch the remaining half. Spain won the

match 1-0.

The Mercury reported that among those caught in the middle of the

airport landing drama included actress Charlize Theron as well as Human

Settlement Minister Tokyo Sexwale.

Before the game last night, President Jacob Zuma addressed a

function at the Durban harbour where he said the country has been the best for

the World Cup.

In between his speech, Zuma told the crowd that world leaders were

keen on knowing the scores of World Cup games rather than attend to serious

business at the recent G20 meeting in Toronto, Canada.

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