FNB pitch “damaged” but will be in pristine condition


The FNB Stadium is not in great condition having hosted multiple festive season events in December but Stadium Management managing director Bertie Grobbelaar is confidence that the pitch will be in “pristine condition” when Kaizer Chiefs host Highlands Park on Wednesday.

This encounter will see the Glamour Boys celebrate their 50th anniversary in front of their home fans.

“We had no rest. We had events over the Christmas and new year period. The guys are hard at work, looking at the pitch at the moment obviously there’s some damage to it following the events with the stage and 12 000 people on the pitch but I am confident that our service provider will get the pitch in pristine condition for the important fixture for kaizer Chiefs on the eve of their 50th birthday celebrations,” said Grobbelaar.

According to Grobbelaar, Stadium Management SA have implemented the normal Soweto Derby plan for the Chiefs and Lions of the North Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash.

“The obvious challenge is the fact that is a full capacity event on a Wednesday evening and kickoff is at 19:30. I am confident that with the work we have put in and with the cooperation of our service providers we are ready for the event on January 8.

“To our advantage is that a few people are still on holiday. We are still negotiating and discussing with Rea Vaya bus transport to see if whether they can extend their service for this specific event as we all that their service only runs up until 9:00pm. We will let Kaizer Chiefs know and communicate that information on social media,” added Grobbelaar.

Grobbelaar stated that his team is ready for the huge crowd expected to fill up the FNB Stadium.” We expect 80 000 people, only patriots without the service providers and the hospitality. The tickets issued by Computicket was 74 000 and then Chiefs took out 3 500 complimentary tickets.”

“ I think we are going to expect a huge amount of taxi traffic so we have again allocated and dedicated collection and drop off point. We are going to accommodate all taxis. And the normal JMPG planning is in place, expect road closures, safety and security is in place as per the derby plan. We expect a huge number of people arriving at the stadium at the late hour due to the kickoff time but we are pleading with the fans to try to come early.”

“We are looking forward to a great celebration on the 8th, celebrating a huge milestone for Chiefs as a club,” concluded Grobbelaar.

By FARPost Reporter 

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