Colin Chapman is a member of the TSG community
OK, so our third day was a bit less crazy than our first day. Our first priority was the Netherlands v Denmark game. We learned from the first match that park and ride is the ONLY way to get to the stadium and the lady that runs the bed and breakfast we are staying at let us know where to go.
Turns out that the parking garage was at Constitution Hill, a very historic place for South Africa. We didnt have time to poke around, but will be going back to check it out again in the next few games. The line for the bus to the stadium was REALLY long, but didn’t end up taking that more than 30 minutes or so to get on a bus.
Once we were on the bus and on our way to soccer city, There was a moment when the bus was approaching the stadium and you could sort of see the top above the tree line and the as soon as the trees ended, you could see the entire stadium and it looked enormous.
We finally made our way to our seats and we surrounded by Holland fans. The Denmark fans were definitely the minority. For the most part, the game wasn’t too interesting…at least not until Eljero Elia was subbed in.
I’ve got quite a few pictures of the crowds and stadium and a video of us making our way to our seats right as the anthems were finishing up. I went into the game backing Denmark because of our housemates, but they just weren’t doing much, and I wanted to see goals…so I ended up cheering for Holland by the end.
Once the match was over, the lines to get on the bus were as expected…crazy. The match ended at 1:30 and the bus got us back to our car at 5:30…it was 6 miles away.
We headed to the beer store after that and caught the last few minutes of the Japan v Cameroon game, then found our way to Sandton to find some restaurants there.
What we found was a couple of “fan zones” that were outside areas in a mall area that had large screens set up for people to view the matches. We watched the first half of the Italy v Paraguay match indoors over dinner and went outside with the crowd to watch the second half on the big screen. About the same number of Paraguay supporters were out as Italy supporters, but I feel that a lot of them were sort of like Scotland fans are with England and were just rooting for whoever is against Italy.
Thats all for now. We have 2 days off before our next match (France v Mexico).