25 000 fans expected for Cape Town City's Premiership clash with Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 13 September 2017 Time: 17:30
Cape Town City boss John Comitis is expecting a sizeable crowd for tonight’s midweek clash against Kaizer Chiefs, saying he’s pleased to have resolved previous issues regarding the host venue.
Wednesday’s highly-anticipated showdown takes place at the Mother City’s iconic Cape Town Stadium, a venue which previously proved problematic for the Citizens in their semi-final first leg match against Bidvest Wits when a number of fans were left stranded outside the stadium gates.
This lead to Comitis initially threatening to take the Chiefs clash to Newlands Stadium, yet the City owner says that the issue has now been resolved, with the club having reached an agreement over the amount of seating available for similar games in future.
“The most important thing is that we’re at the Cape Town Stadium,” Comitis said.
"It seems like we’ve come to some understanding as to how we will operate. What we’ve done now, we have attended to the small game issue debacle.
"We’ve increased the size of the small game slightly more than 5 000 so we can accommodate that kind of size game without having a capacity problem in terms of tickets available.
"You must understand we pay the city according to the size of the game that we project, it’s not always easy to project it right."
Comitis then gave insight into the logistics behind planning for a game involving one of the country’s best-supported sides, as he projects a 25 000-fan turnout tonight. Earlier this morning City announced 17 000 tickets had been sold.
"Last year when we played Kaizer Chiefs we had a 32 000 turnout in the first game, and we had reserved the stadium for 40 000, so we were okay," he said.
"The second time around, midweek, Chiefs were doing that well I had a big fight with them to make it a 20 000 [seater] game, as the difference in cost to host 20 000 or 40 000 fans is R300 000-R400 000.
"So we had an enormous fight about agreeing to the 20 000 and we were at 19 200, midweek, so we were spot on.
"Because of the unknown element going into this game, we’ve taken a 30 000 view on crowd attendance.
“I think, safely, we’ll be around 25 000 as an attendance on Wednesday, which would be a great turnout for a midweek game.”
A win for the hosts, who on Tuesday announced the signing of Nigerian striker Victor Obinna, will send them two points clear at the summit of the Absa Premiership table.