Barclays Premier League to Launch Fan Park in Johannesburg

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The English Premier League has announced that the South African city of Johannesburg will stage the first edition of its Premier League Live initiative on March 29-30.

The inaugural event will take place at the Zoo Lake Sports Club and aims to further engage overseas fans of the Premier League with the top division of English football.

The free-to-enter fan park will offer six different zones allowing fans to view the Premier League trophy, learn more about the league’s 20 clubs, engage in football skills sessions and watch live games on a 100 square metre screen.

As well as zones for food and beverages, Premier League sponsors and partners Barclays, EA Sports, Nike and Topps will have event stands, as will a number of clubs, including Cardiff City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland.

Premier League legends will also attend the event, such as former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler and Chelsea captain Marcel Desailly, along with South African Premier League stars Mark Fish and Lucas Radebe.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: “It is very fitting that we are debuting Barclays Premier League Live in South Africa because SuperSport are our longest-standing international rights holder and have played a great role in bringing Premier League football to hundreds of millions of supporters right across sub-Saharan Africa.”

Premier League Live will be an annual event and next season will head to the US, before appearing in Asia during the 2015-16 campaign. [Source: Sport Business]

Karl Lusbec