Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against Real Madrid with Luis Suarez. Photo: REUTERS/Sergio Perez

CAPE TOWN – Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA), who operate the FNB Stadium, says anybody entering the precinct for the Mamelodi Sundowns clash against Barcelona next Wednesday will be arrested if they don’t have a ticket.

Despite Barcelona having yet to confirm that the match will indeed take place, SMSA chief executive Jacques Grobbelaar took to Twitter to provide ticket details and security plans ahead of the big game.

It appears as if SMSA and other stakeholders are taking no chances following the disastrous Moses Mabhida Stadium violence following Kaizer Chiefs’ 2-0 defeat to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-final last month.

Ticket prices range from a value-for-money R40 for the upper tiers to a hefty R550 for the prime seats in the main grandstand closest to the pitch, with other prices being R50, R150 and R350.

“You will be arrested if not in possession of a valid match ticket. We have specifically cleaned the holding cells at the Stadium,” Grobbelaar warned.

But most importantly for the fans, he said that they are pulling out all the stops to secure the safety of everyone at the stadium.

“SMSA utilizes 7 SECURITY COMPANIES This to ensure we get the best registered guards from each company. Total guards to be deployed for Barcelona vs @Masandawana is 1409 guards TOTAL COST OF R688 000! @PSiRALive Here is GNG Security who will provide 197 guards at Emergency Gates,” Grobbelaar tweeted.

A Lieutenant-Colonel Kraemer from the Booysens police – who is the venue operations centre (VOC) commander at the FNB Stadium – also made a presentation, according to Grobbelaar, where “no detail (was) left undiscussed”.

Computicket, though, said tickets are not on sale yet. In a reply to Grobbelaar on Twitter, the company said: “We are the ticketing agency for the event and bookings are not open for public sale yet. Tickets will be released during the course of the week. Please do keep a look out on our social pages and website for any further updates.”


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