The Eagles have landed in South Africa ahead of their participation in the Cape Town Cup this weekend. During their stay they will be based in the city of Cape Town, and here is a handy guide to the city and the stadium where the action will take place.
Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa behind Johannesburg with a population of 3,740,000. It was originally formed in the 1600s by Dutchmen who wanted to supply the country’s ships on their voyages to India and the Far East.
It is the most popular tourist destination in the whole of Africa and was voted by the Telegraph and the New York Times as the best place in the world to visit last year.
Famous landmarks include Table Mountain, a flat-topped mountain overlooking the city with a height of 1,084m; Cape Point which is a famous cliff face and the port which is one of the busiest in the country. Robben Island is six miles from the city where many political prisoners were held during apartheid – the most famous being Nelson Mandela.
Cape Town has a climate similar to that of California and the Mediterranean. Winter starts in May and ends in September and is generally a wet and windy season. Temperatures are cool and end to range between 7°C and 17°C.
The most popular sports in the city are cricket, football, swimming and rugby union. Its biggest stadium is the Cape Town Stadium which will host this week’s competition.
Boasting a capacity of 55,000, the stadium was built for the 2010 World Cup and was opened in December 2009. It hosted eight matches at the tournament, including England’s 0-0 draw with Algeria and Germany’s 4-0 destruction of Argentina and is now regularly used by Ajax Cape Town.