Tickets for the eagerly-awaited clash between Kaizer Chiefs and their arch-rivals Orlando Pirates on Saturday is already sold out.
With 86 000 soccer fans expected, there are some unusual and out of the ordinary measures in place especially for the derby.
As you walk into the stadium’s main corridors, one’s curiosity is ignited by the odd number of minders roaming around. As you proceeds further there are two physically imposing ndunas outside the change rooms. Their job is to prevent any authorised person from entering the change rooms.
“Since Monday the Pirates guys have sort of taken over the stadium. The change rooms are a no-go area and on the pitch only their people are allowed in certain areas,” an employee at the stadium said.
Inside the change rooms, there are certain “rituals” that will be performed, the insider told us, that only club personnel will witness.
As we move out of the grounds, equipment for broadcast, marketing activations and security is being set up for the event.
An area near the parking lot has been demarcated for the Absa Red Zone where some 2000 fans will be treated to a VIP experience.
With the match tickets sold out, fans are advised to arrive early to avoid the traffic chaos that could unfold.