Record attempt at FNB Stadium

2010-08-19 12:07

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Rugby fans can be part of a massive Guinness Book of Records world record attempt on Saturday when the Springboks face the All Blacks in their Tri-Nations match at the FNB Stadium.

The day, already steeped in history, will now also be marked with a record attempt to get the most flags flying in a single stadium in the first Test match to be played in Soweto.

An expected 92 000 fans are expected to descend on the stadium, where the recent Soccer World Cup football final was held, to make it one of the biggest rugby crowds in South Africa’s history.

The game was a sell-out within hours and will also mark a unique milestone in Springbok captain John Smit’s career as he runs out to celebrate his 100th Test cap for the World Champions. Ironically his adversary, Richie McCaw will lead out the All Blacks for a record equalling 51st time – putting him on par with All Black legend Sean Fitzpatrick.

The world record attempt is set to happen at the half-time break of the game, where fans will be asked to wave their South African national flags in unison – an event which will be recorded and sent for verification as a World record.

The attempt, which was started by the Keep Flying initiative, and has been partnered by competition sponsors Vodacom and the Lead SA campaign, is part of the campaign to continue the massive wave of patriotism that emerged during the Soccer World Cup.

According to the organisers, the day will start with a 20 metre flag being released into the crowd before the game, and the world record attempt will be at half-time. Spectators have been asked to bring along South African national flags to fly on the day.

“This is truly a historic day in the sporting history of our nation,” Enzo Scarcella, Vodacom marketing executive, said.

“Whenever these two great teams play against each other, there is a sense of occasion, a massive Test match that the rest of the world stops to take notice.

“We want to make the day extra special. This Test is extra special – while it will have all the drama and intrigue of a magnificent rugby battle, it is also a Test match with many firsts.

Scarcella said the Guinness Book of Records attempt would enhance the already massive Tri-Nations event.

“Just over a month ago we showed the world what a vibrant, amazing nation we are and how we can achieve the impossible, by working together,” Scarcella explained.

“We wanted to continue that momentum, let the world take notice again of the spirit of South Africa and mark the day as another exceptional one in our sporting tapestry. There could have been no better hallmarks than through the passion and commitment of our Player 23’s.”

The day will also mark another first – the Vodacom Fan Cam – a 360 degree HD image that will photograph the entire stadium and every spectator in it. The concept was recently trialled by SuperSport at the Super 14 final with much success.


  • Iggy - 2010-08-19 12:21

    What is the current record?

  • Jimmy Jump - 2010-08-19 12:21

    Welcome to Soweto guys, reminder to my brothers not to bring the orange one.

  • nigel - 2010-08-19 12:27

    92000 SA fans, something the NZrs will have never seen before, lets support the Boks every minute of the game, if the refs start their biased cheating again, the booing must be so loud that even Paddy O Brian will hear it back in NZ. When they see the support that the Boks have in SA, then maybe they will realise how much Sanzar\ IRB actually needs us, maybe they will change their arrogant & baised attitudes. Go Bokke, this is the time to shut their mouths once & for all. Give them a hiding to nowhere, thats assuming the refs, dont screw us again!!

  • PDiv Rules - 2010-08-19 12:34

    What's sad to note is that there are many white Bok fans that will be hoping that the All Blacks beat the Bokke just because Pdivvy is the the coach. Wake up dudes, Boks will definitely win this one and Pdivvy will be the coach for the world cup next year

  • Robert - 2010-08-19 12:34

    Gives me goosebumps....

  • DeonL@Jimmyjump - 2010-08-19 12:38

    Maybe if we bring the orange flag, service delivery will be better? Nothing else seems to work, maybe no one will care as the security might strike?

  • bull fanatic - 2010-08-19 12:41

    Hopefully this inspire the springbokke to play better, imagine ol' smittie being bood of the field by 92000 fans playing in his 100th test match!

  • scrum cap - 2010-08-19 12:46

    @ Iggy. There isn't one as they are going to attempt to set a record.

  • Milo - 2010-08-19 12:46

    Should be Awesome! Can't wait to to see it! Wish i could be there.

  • kiwi/mauri - 2010-08-19 12:49


  • @Iggy - 2010-08-19 12:54

    4450 in Egypt in March this year.

  • rini - 2010-08-19 12:56


  • Harry @ DeonL - 2010-08-19 13:07

    Deon you fat boerewors roll. The service delivery you got was white only. Your government got to tax the indians and the coloureds and focus on delivering to the whites. Respect the democracy or get lost.

  • Ivan - 2010-08-19 13:07

    I love my country, it's flag and the Springboks. My blood is green! Ex pats eat your heart out! South Africa has it all! Lets wave the flag and win the day!

  • hasie - 2010-08-19 13:13

    Another world record will be the amount of free tickets gave away for the locals

  • Dean@DeonL - 2010-08-19 13:17

    Hey Deon if you think service delivery was better under the old one, then you obviously never served in the Army/Police and saw the conditions in the townships back then....time to wake up from your Ivory Tower.... idiot. I'm no fan of the current mob, but please don't come onto this forum and make stupid comments

  • YES MAN - 2010-08-19 13:23


  • waydive - 2010-08-19 13:36

    I think this is great for SA rugby.To our freind PDivRules,dont be so sure its the white rugby fans that want that go bokke

  • scrum cap - 2010-08-19 13:40

    @ Rini & @Iggy. Neither of the two stats you guys mention are taken from rugby matches. The one was for a soccer match and the other in Egypt for a camel race around the pyramids while in search of a pharoah?!

  • Nick - 2010-08-19 13:41

    First and last time that 92 000 rugby fans will turn out to watch the boks - their 4 th loss in a row will start wearing the rugby faithful down

  • Bullring - 2010-08-19 13:43

    Hey DeonL - who's "we" you inbred idiot, are you retarded or just plainly backward..d**s

  • skywalker - 2010-08-19 13:51

    Should've allowed vuvuzelas....would've blown the AB's off the park..!

  • SS - 2010-08-19 13:51

    This "world record attempt" is nothing more than an attempt at intimidating the All Blacks and the referee. Unfortunately for the Boks, the ABs are made of sterner stuff - and thrive on crowd hostility! The only world record set on Saturday will be in the number of Saffies crying and whining in one stadium, after the final whistle blows..LOL!! I wish I has the licence to sell tissues in the stadium...I'd make a fortune!!!

  • Bjake - 2010-08-19 14:09

    Seriously loving the how much DeonL got shot down for his stupid comment. That is the spirit!!

  • @scrum cap - 2010-08-19 14:28

    The 87001 is an attendance record. The 4450 is a record for most people waving flag at once. Not sure if it was in a stadium though. Do they have stadiums in Egypt? :-)

  • Boob - 2010-08-19 14:30

    Lovely writing: 'An expected 92 000 fans are expected'..Allow myself to introduce....myself.

  • Why always negative - 2010-08-19 14:41

    Why must there always be a negative or racial war of words on here, damn people, we have a great country, a great team and a great captain. We lose a couple of games and it's all doom and gloom. Real supporters are behind their team win lose or draw. Lets get behind John, the team and the Record attempt. STOP THE NEGATIVE CRAP

  • Polly - 2010-08-19 14:44

    I am so pleased to see that Vodacom and Supersport are going to make a couple of million out of the flag waving exercise.I wonder if these two poor institutions would consider giving away free flags to the already cash strapped supporters. ME DONT THINK SO.

  • MC - 2010-08-19 15:16

    "When I get older I will be stronger They’ll call me freedom, just like a wavin’ flag So wave your flag, now wave your flag, now wave your flag Oooohhh, Oooooooooh wooooohh, Oooooooooh wooooohh" Wave your flag for SA - go rugby fans - looking forward to see each and everyone attending to wave their flags.

  • Nick - 2010-08-19 15:29

    DeonL - you just dont get it - rugby and S.A dont need you......

  • Topdog - 2010-08-19 15:34

    I find it very ironic how people act as if nothing is wrong in the country. Meanwhile unions are bragging that they closed down the schooling system on day 1 of their strike. Maybe the record should go for the most ostriches in one place. Wake up people and smell the roses.

  • Floupoep - 2010-08-19 15:59

    I was at a test at the old Ellispark the sixties when there were 85 000 people !!! A unbelievable sight to see !!...

  • Gregory De Villiers - 2010-08-19 17:28

    @PDiv Rules: Agreed! PDivvy is a breath of fresh air in a sport tarnished by the stench of poor disciplinary decisions and biased officials. Gooooooooo DIVVY!!!!!

  • Jason - 2010-08-19 18:36

    And exactly how does Guiness plan to measure the number of flags? And what was the previous record? And does it count if SARU/Soccer city gives free flags to spectators? So many questions. Anyway, if we can't win a game, at least it would be nice to break some sort of record.

  • Gunnar - 2010-08-19 20:32

    The spirit in the crowd will give the Boks the lift they need.

  • Schalk - 2010-08-20 02:19

    So I guess if the boks win it won't be because of cheating, eye gouging, head butting, spear tackles? But if the AB's win it'll be the ref's poor decisions and Ritchie McCaw's infringements?

  • AB 4 LIFE - 2010-08-20 02:42

    Not everybody will support the crying boks

  • pete - 2010-08-20 06:08

    Poor old nigel---how sad, again the Jappies put the blame on the refs, accusations of cheating, same old same old, as if the Boks never did the same. I am sure the ANZAC's will be well rid of you lot when you go North, go north nigel maybe the French will like some spit roasted boks or the Brits dine on deserve it.

  • @Boob - 2010-08-20 09:00

    add to that, "Soccer World Cup football final"

  • Willie - 2010-08-20 09:08

    Pity not all of us can just be Proudly South African!! What a shame... Go Bokke!! Were right behind you and we KNOW you're taking it tomorrow and all the way 2011 - here we come!

  • Green Blood - 2010-08-20 09:47

    @ hasie. A free ticket is given and whether you attend is entirely up to you. At least we don't pay people to fill stadiums as is the case in NZ with the AB's - and don't tell me I don't know what I'm talking about. Experienced it first hand mate!! GO BOKKE "show dem, show dem" Every country has problems, this is still a great country to be in, won't trade it for anything. Local is lekker!!!!!!!!

  • Tinytim - 2010-08-20 10:06

    Whats the chance of some idiot trying to fly the old SA flag on Saturday. Go Bolle and Snorman

  • Marky H - 2010-08-20 11:04

    The Men In Black Are Back !!! Richie and the boys are going to commit animal cruelty when they discect the Bok Forwards and then go for the jugular finishing off the defence !!! Proudly All Black !!! No Politics, No Quota's No Bull Shit !!!! Just Good Old Fashioned Positive Rugby !!!! Go All The Way .... Go All Blacks !!!

  • Blue Blood - 2010-08-20 11:19

    To Topdog I'd like to say there's a time and a place for everything. Saturday will be our time as a nation on monday we will return to countries issues at hand. That being said i congradualte John for his 100th test tomorrow, John you make us proud your leaderhip role played a massive role in the achievement of the bok records. Viva ama bokke bokke.

  • Bitchie - 2010-08-20 12:18

    All All Blacks and Kiwis belong in the Pretoria Zoo

  • BOKKE 4 EVA - 2010-08-21 17:30

    Current score at 25mins: 13 - 6 to the BOKKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kiwi - 2010-08-22 10:10

    Ahhhhh it's so nice to see the boks being dropped to their knees maybe their heads might shrink now after three losses to the all black not that they can even beat the ausies shane...2011 definatly the all blacks.BTWwhats up with the blue blood and green blood lol.

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