Park-and-ride for Bafana v Guatemala

Peru's John Galliquio, right, tries to reach Argentina's Lionel Messi during a Copa America quarter final game in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Sunday, July 8, 2007.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Peru's John Galliquio, right, tries to reach Argentina's Lionel Messi during a Copa America quarter final game in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Sunday, July 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

PARK-AND-RIDE facilities will be introduced in Polokwane for the first time today when Bafana Bafana take on Guatemala at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

PARK-AND-RIDE facilities will be introduced in Polokwane for the first time today when Bafana Bafana take on Guatemala at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Polokwane 2010 World Cup director Ndavhe Ramakuela said the park-and-ride facility was situated near the Nirvana Stadium.

Nirvana is a posh suburbs in Polokwane, one of the nine cities that will host the World Cup event from June 11 to July 11.

"We have signed a contract with 437 taxis around Polokwane, we will also have a total of 120 buses transporting soccer fans during the World Cup," Ramakuela said.

"We want people coming to the matches to get used to the park-and-ride facilities ahead of the World Cup. There are two park and ride facilities in Polokwane.

'The other one is near the Polokwane International Airport, but we won't be using it for the Bafana Bafana-Guatemala match.

"We have decided that on match days we hope to use 188 taxis, the rest will remain in the pool so that our people are not stranded before and after the games.

"We want to make it clear to our people and to visiting soccer fans here for the World Cup that park and ride facilities will be provided by the Polokwane municipality for free."

Meanwhile, the Polokwane municipality plan to take local and foreign media on a tour next month of the new Peter Mokaba Stadium and to World Cup projects in the city.

This includes the fan fest spot at the Polokwane Cricket Club. The club is situated less than a kilometre from the World Cup stadium.

Countries playing in Polokwane, including Argentina's Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry of France, will use the old Peter Mokaba Stadium for their training sessions.

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