As the eagerly awaited 2023 MTN8 Cup Final approaches, the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) police, in coordination with various law enforcement agencies, have meticulously orchestrated a robust security protocol to ensure the smooth conduct of the event slated for Saturday, 7 October 2023, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Safety and security protocol ahead of 2023 MTN8 Cup Final
With a crowd of over 50,000 enthusiasts anticipated to throng the stadium, the law enforcement bodies have deployed an extensive security detail to safeguard the fans, players, officials, and all stakeholders.
The gates are scheduled to open at 14:00 on Saturday, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early to sidestep any delays ensuing from traffic congestion.
The Metro Police have asserted that there will be no road closures on the match day; however, police-manned stop-and-search operations are to be anticipated to ensure that both individuals and vehicles accessing the stadium are devoid of any prohibited items.
The embargo extends to dangerous weapons including firearms, knives, and bottles within the stadium premises.
The sale of match tickets witnessed a whirlwind response, getting sold out scarcely a day post-release.
Supporters have been advised against purchasing counterfeit tickets from unscrupulous elements as no more match tickets are available.
The police visibility will remain heightened in and around the stadium vicinity, with traffic officials overseeing the primary routes leading to the stadium before, during, and post the match.
Cup final festivities expected to rake in R43.7 million
The hosting of the MTN 8 Final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates is anticipated to serve as a significant economic catalyst for the eThekwini Municipality, with a projected direct economic impact of about R43.7 million.
Ethekwini spokesperson Gugu Sisilana expressed optimism regarding the substantial attendance, estimating a turnout of about 54,000 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
“The MTN 8 Final stands as a national spectacle with tickets having been acquired across the country, leading to a bustling scenario in not only Durban but the adjacent towns as well,” said Sisilana.
The flourishing hotel bookings and the buzz of activities initiated by both the competing clubs and the competition sponsors underline the exhilarating ambience surrounding the event.