Go, sharks, go!

2008-10-24 00:00

All eyes will be on Durban’s Absa Stadium when the mighty Sharks take on the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup final today.

For the past week, Sharks fever has gripped the province as fans scurried to buy tickets to the big game. All adult tickets sold out a few days after the Sharks won the semi-final against the Lions, and children’s tickets soon sold out too.

While kick-off is only at 4.30 pm, 52 000 fans decked out in black and white will start filling the stadium from about 11 am to get into the match spirit.

A host of activities, including a live band at the Shark Cage, will keep fans entertained before the game starts.

Sharks spokeswoman Megan Harris said fans are in for a treat as the atmosphere at the Shark Cage will be “electric”.

Harris urged people to get to the stadium early so they can participate in the build-up to the game.

Stadium safety officer Derek Morehouse said a comprehensive safety and traffic plan is in place to ensure a smooth match.

Morehouse also advised fans to get to the stadium early as there is limited parking.

“We are set to go, but need help from spectators over the parking. It’s essential that they arrive early or get dropped off,” he said.

He also urged people to get designated drivers to take them home if they are going to consume alcohol.

“Please get a sober driver to take you home. We care about our supporters and want them to be safe,” he said.

There will be plenty of after-parties in the stadium’s outer fields. The outer field will turn into a massive braai area for fans.

“There is going to be a huge party on the outer fields. Whether we win or lose, the party is going to be great,” said Morehouse.

Mercy Mud Rat welcomes Sharky, to the delight of the boys at Merchiston Preparatory School yesterday.

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