De Oranjecamping to paint City orange tomorrow ahead of World Cup Final
Saturday 10, July 2010
Tshwane will turn orange this weekend ahead of the highly anticipated 2010 FIFA World Cup™ final match between Netherlands and Spain. De Oranjecamping, the Netherlands’ official fan camp will camp in vigil for the soccer spectacle in the ‘City of Champions’.
The City of Tshwane is urging residents to join the campers in a parade along Paul Kruger Street at 12:30 on Sunday 11 June to give its guests a champion send-off.
Just on 400 Dutch fans are making a special trip to South Africa and staying overnight in Tshwane before taking the official orange parade of fans through the city centre and on to Soccer City by train. Dutch fans who are not lucky enough to have match tickets will be provided transport to the Tshwane Fan Fest for another orange gathering.
De Oranjecamping organisers have chartered planes from Amsterdam which will arrive at OR Tambo International Airport at 7pm on Saturday night and 4am Sunday morning respectively. Tshwane Metro Police and buses will meet the 400 or so fans and escort them to Camp Discovery where De Oranjecamping will be based for Saturday night.
“It has been a massive logistical operation from both the City of Tshwane and De Oranjecamping organisers. Fans had flown back to the Netherlands after their camping trip around the country during June and were honestly not expecting a final. The match tickets, planes, buses, train and accommodation for the 400 enthusiast have been pulled together in a little over 48 hours,” said City of Tshwane spokesperson Console Tleane.
At midday tomorrow the campers will leave their in convoy and arrive at Church Square in the CBD to congregate for the traditional orange parade, which will process along Paul Kruger Street to the Pretoria Station. Here the 400 fans will board a specially chartered train for Nasrec station and Soccer City.
The City of Tshwane will then have buses at Pretoria Station to take remaining fans to the Tshwane Fan Fest at the Centurion Cricket Grounds. The buses will return from the Fan Fest to Church Square at 24h00 for those who have left their vehicles in town.
“There is a lot going on in Gauteng tomorrow for the final. But the De Oranjecamping organisers and the City of Tshwane are urging Netherlands fans and locals to don orange and join this last spectacle which promises to be lots of fun. Thereafter the Fan Fest at Centurion will be the place to be,” said Tleane.
De Oranjecamping is believed to be the world’s largest football fan camp and in the past month has seen a convoy of 175 vehicles travelling across the entire African continent. The camp was based at Fountains Valley in Tshwane during the first week of the tournament.
“We are pleased and honoured that De Oanjecamping chose to make Tshwane final stay in South Africa It is fitting that they close camp in Tshwane before they kick-off their chance at making history of winning the World Cup for the first time!”
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