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Athlone Stadium successfully hosts two PSL fixtures<span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Inside%20Athlone%20Stadium.jpg" style="width:576px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The suitability of the City’s Athlone Stadium to play host to a PSL game was apparent when 10 000 fans flocked to the stadium last night, 3 March 2017, to support Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns. This was the second PSL fixture of the season. Last Saturday, 22 000 die-hard soccer fans packed the stadium to capacity to watch Ajax Cape Town go head to head with Kaizer Chiefs. </p><p>‘Many sceptics have questioned the suitability of the stadium to host crowd-pulling games. But off the back of both PSL fixtures, it is evident that the Athlone Stadium is a suitable alternative to the Cape Town Stadium,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond.</p><p>The Athlone Stadium, which had a facelift in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™,  has over the years become a popular training ground and is </p><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/arial%20view%20of%20Athlone%20Stadium.jpg" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>During the current financial year, the parking area on the south side was enclosed with a palisade perimeter fence around the entire facility. In addition, CCTV cameras have been installed. Perimeter bag searches, ticket verification, and the deployment of 380 security personnel within the stadium have all contributed to ensuring safe events.</p><p>Additionally, the provision of designated vehicle parking and drop-off zones has improved access and egress to the venue.</p><p>‘We were pleased to host Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Athlone Stadium last night. The same logistical arrangements were rolled out once again and it worked well for both games. I would like to thank local residents and road users who may have been inconvenienced for their patience and support. Fans who came out in support of their teams had the opportunity to experience the soccer gees at the Athlone Stadium,’ added Councillor Diamond.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>​​</span></span>2017-03-03T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#7e018fb4-a3e1-4a47-ab84-74e9fbdb352f;L0|#07e018fb4-a3e1-4a47-ab84-74e9fbdb352f|Athlone Stadium;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#af8f3087-20e2-41ce-9609-67f003513ec7;L0|#0af8f3087-20e2-41ce-9609-67f003513ec7|Premier Soccer League1

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