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FIFA Fan Parks

20/06/10 17:57 CET

South Africa’s World Cup may have come too early for these Johannesburg youngsters to make an impact on the tournament.

But they can still get their football fix at the city’s FIFA Fan Park.

The game’s world governing body has set up ten inside the host nation and six others worldwide.

The idea is to give fans without the tickets to the chance to watch their team’s bid to win the trophy.

According to FIFA figures, some 400,000 spectators gathered on the opening match day at the 16 fan parks worldwide.

Johannesburg was the most-visited South Afican with 70,000 supporters pitching up to watch the Bafana Bafana share the spoils with Mexico in a thrilling 1-1 draw.

Behind the good intentions of the fan park initiative, there are also commerical motives. It’s provides more exposure for the tournament sponsors and fans can only buy “official” FIFA products once inside.

You’re not even allowed to bring in your own food and beer.

There is another drawback with these fan parks. Its wintertime here in South Africa and the temperature plummets close to zero at nightime. In these conditions, it takes real pluck to watch a match outside for two hours.

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