Two down, will it be three come December 2, only time will tell. Rafiloe Phoolo aka Cassper Nyovest is making a habit or more so creating a tradition of filling up enormous stadiums each year. First, it was the TicketPro Dome in 2015, followed by the Orlando Stadium in 2016. In 2017, the South African rapper is at it again, this time hoping to fill up the gigantic, FNB Stadium.
Cassper says he has taken up the mantle in seeing to it that he fills up the 90,000-seater stadium. He said that after his successes at both the TicketPro Dome and the Orlando Stadium, he wants to cap off his Johannesburg concerts in style by producing the mother of all concerts in the whole of Africa.
As he is still working on making the FNB concert a success, Cassper said he has not yet devised any plan on where he will be performing next. He just hinted that it definitely won’t be Johannesburg but venues from other provinces.
To date, it has not been all smooth sailing in preparation for the December 2 concert. Cassper stated that the entire preparations would possibly need around R15 million and needs one or two sponsors to jump in and help with the financing. However, until this day, Cassper, has not yet found one. He remains confident and steadfast though, he recently told Times Live that if no corporate jumps onboard anytime soon, he will fit the bill personally.
The R15 million is needed to cater for the stage, marketing, and the venue. Having previously performed on western designed stages, Cassper has stated the stage for the #FillUpFNBStadium will be wholly African. He did not reveal any details but promised that it will be something, which has never been done or seen before.
Such is Cassper’s determination to make the #FillUpFNBStadium successful that he has enrolled in a fitness class. Cassper says he wants to lose 10kg before he takes to the stage on December 2.
The FNB stadium ranks as the biggest stadium in Africa and the fifth in the world with an official seating capacity of 94,736. The stadium has played host to both local and international stars, it also hosted the opening and the closing ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosted in the rainbow nation.
In 2012, Lady Gaga during the Born this way Ball Tour managed to draw a 56,000 crowd in the FNB stadium. Rihanna pulled a slightly bigger crowd in 2013 during her Diamonds World Tour gathering 65,000. However, Irish rock band holds the record for the highest single day turn out when over 90,000 fans filled the FNB stadium in 2011. As recent as 2015, One Direction pulled a staggering 131,000, however, theirs came over a two-day period. On the first day, 68,000 people turned out while 63,000 came the following day.
The FNB stadium or First National Bank stadium is located in Nasrec. FNB stadium is also known as the Calabash or Soccer City.
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