This post is a long time coming. Internet is hard to come between going to matches, watching the games at FIFA Fan Fest, sightseeing and moving from city to city. :-)

I was in Durban on the 2010 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony on June 11, 2010. I was not about to miss out on the atmosphere on this historic moment; the first World Cup ever in Africa. Ideally the best place to check out the game was the FIFA Fan Fest at the New Beach. From what I read, it could accommodate up to 25,000 people. With its location on the beach and the overall good weather in Durban, the FIFA Fan Fest in Durban is definitely an ideal place to watch the game and to mingle with football fans from around the world.

By the time we arrived, the place was already packed with people. This was probably the next best place to be in South Africa to watch the opening match beside Soccer City stadium, the place where the opening ceremony and the opening game were held.

I had lots of fun watching the game. Lots of celebration, lots of cheering, lots of fun; and of course lots of Vuvuzela. My ears were still buzzing at the end of the match. The evening would have been so much better had Bafana Bafana won the game. At the end of the day, a draw was a good result against Mexico.

I will post some videos from the evening once I manage to find a decent internet access. For the time being, enjoy some pictures from the evening.

Entrance to Durban Fan Fest prior to 2010 World Cup Opening Ceremony

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Entrance to Durban Fan Fest prior to 2010 World Cup Opening Ceremony
The Ayoba mascot from MTN Mobile
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The Ayoba mascot from MTN Mobile
Some of the fans at Durban Fan Fest on Opening Ceremony
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Some of the fans at Durban Fan Fest on Opening Ceremony
Fans are ready for the opening ceremony
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Fans are ready for the opening ceremony
   The big screen at the Fan Fest
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The big screen at the Fan Fest
Clear sky in Durban
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Clear sky in Durban

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