On the day that the 2014 football world cup kicks off across the Atlantic in Brasil our local hacks have decided to publish a (in their opinion) damning report card on the “shambles” FIFA left behind right here in the Eastern Cape back in 2010
Well, it aint my opinion.
I love our new stadium.
I use the ‘new’ roads and those upgraded (widened and resurfaced) on a daily basis.
The upgrade to our little airport and it’s infrastructure was long overdue.
And as for the cost to the city? I couldn’t care less, those who think that the money spent on maintaining the stadium (R13.2 million) would have been spent on welfare , housing or other developments, think again. It just meant less Mercs and overseas junkets for the elected few.
In 6 months of Super Rugby over 300,000 people attended the stadium to support / watch our E.P. Kings, that R13.2m equates to less than R50 per supporter! Not to mention the huge support when the Boks and World 7’s play here.
Less money in the ratepayers pot to be stolen and squandered.
My mates and I still reckon that those 30 days in 2010 were perhaps one of the best months of our lives!
During the last week of last year’s FIFA world cup four huge advertising signboards suddenly appeared on the main thoroughfares of Port Elizabeth advertising the ‘upcoming FIFA World Cup’ and welcoming visitors to our shores! (Really huge, this road is 4 lanes wide and had a sign on each side!) Continue reading “Sepp Blatter’s folly”
Fortunately for me, when I mentioned my dilemma to one of the staff a bottle of brandy magically appeared, that’s more my style, a couple of beers (Bud, it’s awful but I forced a couple down (didn’t want to offend my hosts 😉 )) followed by a few brandy and cokes during the match. I hear some of you laughing at the stereotype (beer and brandy& coke), well, leopards don’t change their spots even in FIFA suites!
I had a great time, I’ve had a great month of it actually, South Africa returns to normal tomorrow, no hangover, no regrets and loads of happy memories, FIFA’s advertising blurb is absolutely spot on, ‘Once in a lifetime.’ Continue reading “Lucky boy (cont.)”
I’ve said previously that I wouldn’t be paying for a ticket to tomorrow’s 3rd / 4th playoff match between Uruguay and Germany, our special S.A. discounted tickets start at R540 (£50), which is what I paid for Netherlands v Brazil and for what? Two teams playing to see who will be second bridesmaid!
I’ve completed my personal trilogy of events, attended a world cup match (been to three actually, one more to go), watched a game live in a cinema in 3D and yesterday spent the afternoon at our very own Fan Fest! Continue reading “Fifa Fan Fest”
Some of you may remember my good fortune at being lucky enough to win two tickets to FIFA 2010 courtesy of McDonald’s, I wrote about it here.
Here’s one of them, arrived by courier this morning, I actually won two tickets, row 12 seat 1 and 2.
It’s been a heck of a performance getting them, McDonald’s sent two events managers down here from Jhb two Sundays ago, I arrived with my documentation and out of over 150 winning applicants from the Eastern Cape my name had somehow or other fallen off the database. The chap in charge was brilliant gave me his details and assured me that although the free ticket event was over that he would look after me, what can I say, it took a few phone calls but as you can imagine I was ecstatic when my tickets finally arrived this morning.
Have a look at the ‘category’
Category 1, face value US$160, that’s a fortune down here (as I’m sure it is anywhere), can’t wait, we’re going to have a jol!
Others may remember my even earlier post (during January) where I applied for tickets for a number of different games, this match was one of them, don’t worry, don’t have a sleepless night I was able to sell my tickets would you believe to a Portuguese mate of mine who had missed the boat (at face value of course :))
I recall being criticized by our (ex)resident Orleans gardener about junk food and the pros and cons thereof, as my title says, who cares I’M LOVIN’ IT 😉