Joburg’s fan fests or fan parks for 2010 World Cup

Where will the Joburg Fan Parks be for the 2010 Soccer World Cup?

The following information comes directly from

  • The official FIFA-endorsed World Cup fan park has been earmarked for Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, but Joburg has identified a spot in the north and one in the south for similar ventures.
  • For those football fans who may not have tickets to watch 2010 FIFA World Cup matches, the City of Joburg has identified three venues to be used as fan parks during the tournament:
    • Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown will be the official FIFA World Cup fan park,
    • while Innes-Free Park in Sandton
    • and Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown have been set aside as third party public viewing facilities.

The official fan park will be organised by the City, the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) and FIFA, which will be jointly responsible for the set up and necessary infrastructure.  The City will organise the two public viewing venues, subject to FIFA’s general public viewing guidelines.  Fan parks, pioneered in the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany, allow fans who have not got tickets to enjoy the spirit of the games, by watching for free all the action on high definition big screen televisions, at secure venues.

Main Fan Park  

Mary Fitzgerald Square was picked as the official fan park because of the site’s centrality and easy accessibility. Located in Johannesburg’s cultural hub, Newtown, it has already been used as a fan park during local football matches.  In 2010, the square will be turned into a huge fan park where spectators will be able to watch all 64 matches of the World Cup tournament. Entertainment for the whole family and food and beverages will be available.

However, popular food vendors who frequent local soccer stadiums and concerts may not have a chance to showcase their produce at Mary Fitzgerald Square. Only commercial affiliates to FIFA, like McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Budweiser, will be allowed to advertise their brands and ply their trade at the official fan park, according to an agreement between host cities and FIFA.  In cases where the commercial food and beverage affiliates do not supply their products for sale at the official fan park, such products may be sold by a third party in a manner to be agreed between the two parties. Under the host city agreement, however, local products in categories other than those of the commercial affiliates to be sold at the official fan park, can be sold. However, these products should be sold “unbranded” to safeguard the exclusive rights of the commercial affiliates.

Arts and crafts
Rights may be granted to local businesses that make non-competitive crafts and other items to display or sell their products at the official fan park.  In terms of security, the City is expected to provide all the necessary mechanisms to see to it that fans enjoy themselves in a secure environment. The fan park will be fenced and no third party advertising will be allowed. Joburg can organise other “satellite” official fan parks, which will differ from general public viewing spaces. They will be part of the fan park programme and all rules concerning the setting up of official fan parks will apply. The two public viewing sites in Kliptown and Sandton do not fall under the strict marketing conditions of the official fan park. Here, beverage and food dealers will operate subject to the City’s requirements.  The three venues were identified because of easy accessibility by public transport. Joburg will also negotiate with academic institutions and owners of building in the city centre to provide parking for visitors to the official fan park at Mary Fitzgerald Square.

In addition, Joburg will lay on park-and-ride facilities.

North and south
Sandton’s Innes-Free Park will cater for fans from the north of Johannesburg, including Alexandra, Ivory Park and Diepsloot. The green space closest to the centre of Sandton, where most of the big hotels are located, Innes-Free Park is easily accessible from the M1 highway and offers unbroken views of the Sandton skyline.  The size of the facility lends itself to large events – music concerts, motor shows, arts and culture exhibitions and other outdoor shows. Walter Sisulu Square, on the other hand, will cater for people from areas like Soweto, Eldorado Park and Orange Farm in the south. Located deep in Soweto, it is the place where, more than half-a-century ago, the Congress of the People adopted the Freedom Charter, which contains the guiding principles of the African National Congress. The square is surrounded by an upmarket hotel and plenty of entertainment hotspots. To make sure the fan parks meet FIFA’s goals, a fan park project group has been established by the world football organisation and the LOC. It will look into the overall project management and co-ordination of all fan parks in the country and oversee the establishment of standards and guidelines

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35 thoughts on “Joburg’s fan fests or fan parks for 2010 World Cup

  1. hi id like to know the size of the screen at mary fitzgerald square for the 2010 soccer world cup and how many people can be seated…

    Thanking you kindly
    Please reply

  2. Claire hi Thanks for the question about the Mary Fitzgerald Square fan park. The square is 11,000 square metres which means that there is standing capacity for 22,000 people (according to the events manager for Newtown). Also according to him the specs for the screen have not been finalized yet. Will post details as soon as they are released. Liz

  3. hi there,
    i am doing a travel and tourism project on a fan park in johannesburg,ive chosen Mary Fitzgerald Square, are you able to give me the number of people that it is able to seat on chairs?as well as the type and size of the screens being used, the facilities as well as the services it offers?

    kind regards;

  4. Dominique Hi
    I run a guesthouse so am no ‘expert’ on the arrangements at Newtown. So suggest that you get hold of the Events manager for Newtown Cultural Precinct : Manqoba Mkhize Tel: 011 447 8841. However, from my understanding I don’t think that it is standard practice to arrange seats in a fan park but that they rather cater for standing room only. I do also know that as yet the serviceproviders for the Fan Fest at Mary Fitzerald Square have not yet given any specs on the screen size (According to Manqoba Mkhize as of 2nd March). Good luck with your project. Liz

  5. Hey there
    im doing a tourism project on this fan park, i would like to know what do you take when going there and what do you sit on

  6. Hi I just want to know if they have maybe finalized the screen at mary fitzgerald square jet.

  7. Hey Liz,
    I just want to know if the entrance to the fan parks are free. If not, whats the procedure to get in.

    Please reply asap.
    Thank you,

  8. Neri HI
    I run a guest house so am no expert on fan parks. But certainly the principle of a fan park is that it is free and is a public space where people can gather to watch the matches. Remember though in Europe it is summer and so the weather is conducive to and outdoor carnival atmosphere which might be different in the winter cold here. So dress warmly.

  9. Hey why all these questions to a guest house owner ??? You need to look at teh fan parks in Berlin in 2006 and in Sydney at the last Olympics – they are almost like concerts except instead of listening to music you are watching the match. No seating and dress warmly.

  10. Hi i would like to know if there was any place to stay for free in Johannesburg. Im 17 and im traveling to the World Cup from Mexico buti only saved up enough for the airplane ticket not any hotels.


  11. Chris Hi I don’t know of any places where you can stay for free, only Backpackers, plus campsites and there are some tented cities. But you’d still have to pay for them. also if you are going to games outside Johannesburg, the transport will also cost you. Hope you come right. Cheers L

  12. HI Just wanted to know where I could get a list of all the fan parks in Jozi, not just the official big ones
    Waka Waka

  13. hey chris, if you can give me ur e-mail maybe i can hook you up with something

  14. Hi

    I would like to know what the entrance fee will be at the FAN parks
    especially at the Centurion one…


  15. hi i just want to know is there a fan park in sandton and will it be open on the 11th? thanx

  16. Hi Liz hope u well, just wanted to find out if we allowed to bring in a picnic basket and camp chairs to Mary fitz coz I hear u saying no seating.

  17. Yeah absolutely. At Innes Free Park there’s a fan fest. Fan fest\s open from 10th June to 11th July from 11.00 top 24.00. On 10th the Orlando concert will be televised at Innes Free fan fest. But like all Fan Fests there are road closures around so check these out. Am about to upload a weblink to a road closure document.

  18. According to, officila City of Joburg website all entrance to all fan fests is free. This includes one at Centurion. Jenny Crwys-Williams will be talking on Fan Fests and ‘all you need to know about them’ tomorrow on her show between 1 and 4 so listen in. If you miss it check 702’s website

  19. My sense is that you won’t see much sitting on chairs as all around you will be standing plus I suspect your sandwiches might get squashed !! But guess all depends on how full the fan fests are??

  20. hi liz,
    this is for chris the mexican though
    hi buddy, welcome to s.a, you can stay at my house for free if you like
    i dont run a b&b but i know what its like to be young traveling and broke, sleeping on the grassy patch next to the hyatt at circular quay in sydney is different to sleeping on the streets of jhb, hell walking on the streets of jhb isnt advisable, so come over,, hope to hear from you soon

  21. and no im not a child molesta, im a 25 year old girl, i work as a day care teacher – slash- fashion designer,

  22. Who are the artists who will be perfoming at Mary Fitzgerald Square fan park on the opening game (11/June/2010)

  23. It’s a secret … From FIFA’s website: FIFA World Cup 2010 Opening Ceremony and Schedule of Matches
    This year’s World Cup will have a “2-day opening” that would start on Thursday night. It would feature top music artist around the globe. To perform the official 2010 World Cup song, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, would be singer/songwriter Shakira. She will team up with a local South African group Freshlyground.
    Other than these artists, John Legend, Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas, and Colombian heart-throb rocker Juanes. Top African musicians such as Amadou and Mariam, The Parlotones and Angelique Kidjo, will also be there. Proceeds from the concert on Thursday night will be used for 20 Centers for 2010 – a charity campaign dedicated to building twenty Football for Hope Centres for public health, education and football across Africa.
    As for Friday’s actual opening ceremony before the game between the hosts and Mexico, performances to be expected are rather a secret. FIFA opted to do it this way to keep expectations and excitement high.

  24. Hi I saw a a small fan park in Melrose Arch (I think) and would like to know what the entrance fee will be?


  25. Don’t know of a public viewing area at Melrose Arch but …. ???

    Seems there is a link between a private enterprise transport company and Melrose Arch. In article called: ‘FanRide partners with Melrose Arch for World Cup transport

    ‘Johannesburg’s mixed-use precinct Melrose Arch and transport company, FanRide, are offering international tourists coming to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as local sports fans and corporates, a transport shuttle service to and from five soccer stadiums in and near Gauteng. FanRide CEO Leema Mofokeng on Tuesday said that the transport company would be using Melrose Arch as a transport hub for fans who want to travel to the Soccer City, Ellis Park and Loftus Versveld stadiums, in Gauteng, as well as to the Royal Bafokeng stadium, in North West province and the Peter Mokaba stadium in Limpopo province.
    Safe and secure parking would be available at the Melrose Arch centre for those wishing to make use of the FanRide transport to stadiums.
    Transport could be booked at a number of kiosks at the Melrose Arch retail complex, on FanRide’s website or by phoning a dedicated call centre set up by the company.
    Clients who made use of this transport service, would also have free access to the Piazza Emporium at Melrose Arch, where all the FIFA World Cup matches would be screened and where there would be a football bar and lounge.

    …. not sure why you would want to view the games on screen if you are using the transport to get to the games??

  26. No .. fan parks are controlled by FIFA which means ONLY FIFA approved food ….there is a lot to say on FIFA’s tight fisted control of everything to do with the World Cup …

  27. I live in Canada and would like to watch coverage of the Fan Fest parks, especially the one in Newton (as my neice is playing). Is there a website I can go to to watch?

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