Soccer fans rush for last tickets

2014-05-03 00:00

THE capital had a buzz in the air yesterday as soccer fans rushed to buy the remaining tickets for tonight’s Nedbank Cup semi-final between local boys Maritzburg United and Orlando Pirates at Pietermaritzburg’s Harry Gwala Stadium.

United spokesperson Brian Zuma said the tickets were “selling like hot cakes”.

“Thus far, we have sold out tickets on the open stands and we only have a few remaining tickets on the grand stand, which are being sold at our club’s offices,” he said.

“There is a lot of excitement for this game and people need to rush to our offices to avoid being disappointed when they find that even those tickets have been sold out,” said Zuma.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela said Maritzburg United had won several difficult away games in the recent past and “I strongly foresee them winning against Orlando Pirates”.

“On behalf of the citizens of Pietermaritzburg, some of whom have a divided loyalty, I wish Maritzburg United a win tomorrow [today],” said Ndlela. He congratulated the club’s chairperson Farouk Kadodia and his board for going this far.

Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business CEO Melanie Veness was also backing the local team.

“We are very proud that Maritzburg United has reached this stage — what a team,” she said.

Various roads will be closed from 3 pm, with public parking on fields around the venue.


• Parking in A section — A.B. Jackson Soccer Fields.

• Parking in B section — Off Balmoral Drive, behind the stadium.

• Parking in C section — In Princess Margaret Drive, below the new athletic sports ground, between Park Drive and Balmoral Drive.

• Overspill — The overspill will park near the bowling club, next to The Oval and near the BMX track.


• Alexandra Road, between Alan Paton Avenue and College Road (east bound).

• Princess Margaret Drive, between Alexandra Road and Princess of Wales Drive.

• Balmoral Drive, between Princess of Wales Drive and Msunduzi Bowling Green Club.

• Princess Elizabeth Drive, between Princess Margaret Drive and Alexandra Bowling Club.

• Alexandra Road, between Alan Paton Drive to College Road:

• One lane of traffic will be allowed to travel west bound — i.e. towards Richmond from Alan Paton Avenue to College Road.

• There will be no right turn from Alexandra Road into Princess Margaret Drive from the lane (west bound).

• At the intersection of Alexandra and Lindup roads, traffic from Alexandra Road can make a left into Lindup Road. Traffic on Lindup Road can only make a left into Alexandra Road towards College Road.

• Traffic from Alexandra Road can either proceed straight through towards Richmond Road or make a right into College Road.

• No traffic will be allowed into Topham Road from College and Alexandra roads.

• The lane (west bound) on Alexandra Road will be blocked off.

• Princess Margaret Drive, between Alexandra Road and Princess of Wales Drive:

A barricade will be erected to restrict entry to all vehicular traffic travelling towards the stadium main entrance.

• Balmoral Drive, between Princess of Wales Drive and the Msunduzi Bowling Club:

This section will be closed to all vehicular traffic before the commencement of the soccer match. It will be reopened to all traffic half an hour before the scheduled finish.

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