that although the responses are almost the same in relation to current attendance and intention to attend 2010 matches in Athlone (68% and 69%, respectively) fewer respondents intended to attend 2010 matches in Green Point than those who currently attend football matches (56% and 64%, respectively). The reasons for not attending 2010 matches were: not interested in football (16% in Athlone and 10% in Green Point), will not be able to afford to purchase tickets (9% in Athlone and 11% in Green Point) and prefer to watch the game on television (6% in Athlone and 23% in Green Point).
Figure 1: Current attendance of football matches in Cape Town and intention to attend 2010 football matches
Table 2 below indicate that most respondents interest in football as a spectator was that they were avid fans of the sport and always try to attend or watch it on television (67% in Athlone and 45% in Green Point) or they were interested in the sport and see it when they can (14% in Athlone and 21% in Green Point). Only 6% of the respondents in Athlone and 12% in Green Point had no interest at all in football. The results show that there is a higher level of interest in football among than respondents in Athlone as compared to Green Point.
Table 2: Statement that best summarises respondent’s interest in football as a spectator (in %)
Green Point (n=100)
I am an avid fan of the sport and always try to attend or watch it on TV
I am interested in the sport and see it when I can
I am not particularly interested in the sport, but I enjoy seeing it when it comes to our area
I am not interested in the sport but sometimes attend or watch it because family or friends are interested
I have no interest in this sport or the associated festivities even when it is held in our area
The results indicate that more respondents (83% in Athlone and 88% in Green Point) would consider watching the game at dedicated spectator locations on big-screens. Furthermore, the majority (74% in Athlone and 72% in Green Point) stated that they would attend dedicated spectator locations if a fee is attached. The interest in participating in the 2010 World Cup in some way is therefore notably high and is again an indicator of resident support for and excitement towards the 2010 event. It is evident that dedicated spectator locations will create opportunities for increased access to the matches in terms of broadening participation and