Cape Town preparing to host Barclays Premier League

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British Premier League fans are in for a treat as the tournament organisers on Wednesday confirmed that Cape Town host the official Barclays Premier League Live fan park on March 19 and 20 at Camps Bay high School.

Through this initiative fans will get the chance to get up close and personal with the Barclays Premier League Trophy, meet former players, visit team tents and watch matches live on a 100-metre screen.

It will be free, interactive experience designed for the entire family to enjoy.

Hosted by the Premier League and their title sponsor, Barclays, the park will be open from 12noon each day and will close shortly after the matches finish.

Two of South Africa’s greatest Premier League players, Quinton Fortune and Lucas Radebe, will join other Premier League legends like Peter Schmeichel, Robbie Fowler and Shaun Goater in giving fans the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of their heroes.

All of the action will be overseen by John Dykes, the lead presenter for Super Sports’ coverage of the Premier League, who will be on stage, providing insight into all of the weekend’s exciting match-ups including Everton v Arsenal on Saturday 2.45pm and Sunday’s grand finale, the Manchester derby at 6pm.

Fans interested in attending should register at http://www.bpllive.com/ or by dialling *134*275#. Entry will be granted on a first come, first served basis, but all fans must register before entering.

To help get fans to the free event, a free park and ride facility will run from the Grand Parade, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha on a loop system to Camps Bay High School.

“BPL Live is all about bringing the electrifying atmosphere of a Premier League match to our international fans,” said Premier League presenter John Dykes.

“The first ever BPL Live in Johannesburg reminded us just how passionate South African fans are about the Premier League.

“I can’t wait to see that the enthusiasm the Cape Town fans will bring to the park now that they’re getting their chance.”

As part of the Premier League’s commitment to inspiring sport participation in communities around the world, there will be a Premier Skills community coaching course run the week leading up to BPL Live at Grootbos Football Foundation.

Premier Skills has already trained nearly 200 football coaches and referees in South Africa who have in turn engaged over 12,000 young people.

Match schedule:

Saturday, March 19:
Everton v Arsenal 2.45pm
Chelsea v West Ham 5pm
Crystal Palace v Leicester City 5pm
Southampton v Liverpool 5pm
Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth (tbc)
Watford v Stoke City (tbc)
West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City (tbc)
Swansea City v Aston Villa 7.45pm

Sunday March 20:
Newcastle United v Sunderland 3.30pm
Manchester City v Manchester United 6pm