The workers involved in the constructions of the ten 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums can expect a very special bonus. "They are working stone by stone to make sure the stadiums are completed on time, and they are an integral part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We want to ensure that they will be in the stadiums they created at the first FIFA World Cup matches to bear witness to a South African dream they have been so central in realising. Therefore, every worker will receive two free FIFA World Cup tickets - that's our promise," announced the FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter on Wednesday 17 September 2008 as he concluded his visit to South Africa, the host of the first FIFA World Cup on African soil.
There are well over 20,000 workers currently on site at the country's ten 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums. The tickets for the construction workers will be allocated as part the 2010 FIFA World Cup ticketing fund through which FIFA, the Local Organising Committee and the six FIFA Partners adidas, Coca-Cola, Emirates, Hyundai, Sony and VISA will distribute free of charge 120,000 tickets to deserving South Africans who have contributed to the success of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and who could otherwise not afford to be part of this historic event.
The workers will be given tickets to the first FIFA World Cup match at the stadium they helped build, with the exception of the opening match at the Soccer City Stadium on 11 June 2010. Soccer City construction workers will be given tickets to the second FIFA World Cup match to be played at the stadium. For further details on the FIFA President's visit to South Africa please visit www.FIFA.com.