DURBAN – Football fans are in for a feast this festive season with the announcement of Durban’s first Premier League Fan Park.
Jermaine Moonsamy from English Premier League Fan Parks South Africa confirmed they would present the Premier League Derby Day Extravaganza next Sunday, December 10, on the outer fields of the Kings Park Stadium Precinct.
Moonsamy said the fan park initiative was based on enabling supporters of English Premier League Football team to get together and celebrate their favourite teams, while enjoying a derby day of “football, food and fun”.
The main feature of the day will be the broadcasting of two Premier League matches – Liverpool vs Everton and Manchester United vs Manchester City – on SA’s largest outdoor daylight screen.
Moonsamy said: “Durban has a massive following when it comes to Premier League football and the main reason we have chosen Durban is knowing that locals passionately support their favourite teams and what better way to bring fellow supporters together.
“This event is the result of a lot of hard work and planning, along with Durban being the place to be in the holidays. And it’s not going to be a once-off: we see it as a curtain raiser to a Manchester United vs Liverpool match in March, which will be the most watched match of the year. What is going on in the Premier League is very exciting right now. The derby day will have something for the whole family and we want everyone to feel invited and welcome,” he added.
On Friday afternoon, Durban’s chairman of the Durban’s official Liverpool FC Supporters Club, Linus Naik, welcomed the initiative.
“Our main mandate is to add value for our members. There is a big following here in Durban and it will be a fun day for the whole family. I think it’s a fantastic initiative and will also look forward to March,” said Naik.
Also welcoming the new event to the football calendar, regional co-ordinator for SA Reds (Manchester United FC), Puven Akkiah said: “There’s a huge number of United, Liverpool, Chelsea and City fans in Durban and the nice thing is this event is very family oriented.
“I see the need for a safe space for supporters and their families to come together and enjoy the game. There is always a great sense of camaraderie between the different clubs’ supporters in Durban and this will also bring fans together,” said Akkiah.
eThekwini Municipality’s acting deputy city manager, Phillip Sithole, said last night: “Durban is fast becoming a sports mecca and we have an active fan base, especially with soccer, that will fully support this unique fan park.
“We are delighted to have such a vast selection of summer events to suit every visitor’s interest this summer.”
Kicking off at 10am, the derby day will host a 5-a-side tournament with teams and divisions from all age groups, male and female, plus a skills zone with prizes to be won in every division.
The two Premier League matches will be broadcast live with Liverpool vs Everton at 4.30pm and Manchester United vs Manchester City at 6.30pm.
There will also be a variety of food stalls and a beer tent, along with a Kids’ Zone for children under 12 years, including jumping castles, obstacles courses and face-painting. Live entertainment includes cheerleader routines, music and more.
Tickets cost R80 (early bird) and R100 (general access) and children under 12 are free. Tickets are available on http://plankton.mobi/.
And scoring big with supporters, every ticket purchased will be entered into a raffle with the prize being an all expenses paid trip for two to watch a Premier League game of their choice in the UK. Ts & Cs apply.
For more information, go to www.premierleaguefanparkssa.co.za
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