In 2010, my best friend called me and told me that she had purchased us both tickets for the World Cup in South Africa. I had always wanted to visit South Africa, so I was excited that I was going to be able to visit such a beautiful country. However, I am not a huge football (soccer) fan; I couldn’t tell you anything about the sport or the people that play it. I was convinced that the World Cup experience itself wouldn’t be something that I would enjoy, but I was wrong! I am immensely bummed that I am not attending the 2014 World Cup this year. This was my experience at the 2010 World Cup.
First of all, my best friend purchased our tickets through FIFA, and ticket prices range from around $100 to $3000. You can purchase individual tickets, match tickets, venue tickets, team specific tickets, and the ticket prices are based on where you sit and what type of match you see. We stayed in Cape Town which is absolutely gorgeous and we were in South Africa for the first part of the Cup. Cape Town was surprisingly very clean, and the people were extremely friendly, which was a pleasant surprise.
I kept up with the news about the cup, and an about a week prior to arriving in South Africa, I heard about fans getting trampled that were trying to get free tickets. Someone also explained to me that the Vuvuzelas were very rowdy and annoying. While the Vuvuzelas were a bit rowdy, I didn’t find them annoying at all. They were actually incredibly fun to hang out and cheer with; they made the experience much more enjoyable.
I was able to see 4 matches while I was there, and like I said before I don’t follow sports, so I don’t remember who played what match. I was there for the experience and the booze (which was only about $4 a beer!). I remember a couple matches ended with both teams not making any goals and one game ended in a tie. I do however know how to show some country pride, and for that reason, I was very alert and attentive when the US played England. In the end, that game ended in a tie, and afterwards England and the Americans all party together, which was one of the most memorable experiences for me.
My trip to the World Cup was amazing! Security did a great job at making sure the crowd was under control and that everyone got along. I expected there to be country rivalries at the Cup. If there were disagreements or fights, I didn’t witness any. It was incredible to see the unity between all the countries in attendance! For those of you attending this year’s World Cup, buckle up and get ready for a ride that you’ll never forget!