Bok fever is running high among Bloemfontein rugby enthusiasts who can hardly wait for the Springboks to tackle the visitors from England on Saturday at 17:05.
After a well-deserved victory over England at Emirates Airline Park last week, ticket sales are soaring for the Test at Toyota Stadium.
“We believe the stadium will be almost full,” Harold Verster, Managing Director of the Free State Cheetahs, told Bloemfontein Courant.
A Test of this magnitude always has a great impact on the city and according to surveys it has been found that between R120 million and R200 milllion will be going into the pockets of Bloemfontein and its citizens. “It has also been found that more than 400 temporary jobs are created per Test match and this not only at the stadium itself but in sectors like security, hospitality and catering as well,” Verster added.
Saturday promises to be a day of entertainment. Gates will open at 12:00 when artists like Bok van Blerk, Zak Steyn, Henning Joubert and Francois Bouwer will be performing. Sparta will be ready with an additional braai area behind the main pavilion where supporters will be able to buy braai packs for braaiing their own meat, a gin bar will be available for supporters and Copper Clover will even have a stall for tasty burgers to be tried and tested.
Bok fans are just as excited about the Test in Bloem. Most of them agree that the Boks can just improve further after beating the English last weekend. Supporter Jay-dee Mellett says he feels that his team will definitely win the game. “We have started playing running rugby again and we are not kicking away ball possession, we are playing as a team again. Rassie’s technique is creating new expectations in Bok rugby again and we are positive about the season ahead.”
Verster said, “We welcome the English Roses as well as all visitors the City of Roses! We appeal to supporters to come to the stadium early and enjoy the special day in the Toyota-stadion with us.”