Popularly known as the ‘the Bullring’, the Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg has hosted some of the greatest Test matches since its inception in 1856. Over the years it has been the venue for some of the most scintillating games.

Did you know?

The first 1st-class match played at Wanderers Stadium was in November 1956, between Transvaal and Natal.

The Wanderers Cricket Stadium was moved three times to reach its present venue in Illovo. Its first grounds – known as Old Wanderers – is now the site of the Johannesburg Railway Station. At the end of the 1945-46 season, cricket games were then moved to Doornfontein, where Ellis Park Stadium now stands, before being moved to the present location.

The current stadium, the building of which commenced in 1955, hosted its first test in 1956. Since 1991, the stadium has been upgraded several times and according to its website, R60-million has been spent on the upgrades to date.

Wanderers now has a capacity of about 34 000.

Because if its excellent facilities, the Wanderers Cricket Stadium was the venue for Cricket World Cup final in 2003.

On 12 March 2006, the stadium was also the site of what is considered by many cricket fans as one of the greatest matches ever played. During the final match of a five-day series between South Africa and Australia, the Proteas successfully chased down Australia's score of 434/3 to win by 438/3. The Proteas won that series 3-2. The game has since been dubbed the '438 game'.

The Wanderers is currently the home ground for Highveld Lions team.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Wanderers Cricket Stadium
Tel: +27 (0)11 788 1008

How to get here

The Wanderers is situated in the suburb of Illovo in Johannesburg, a 30-minute drive from OR Tambo International Airport. The stadium is only a few minutes' drive from the busy M1 highway.

Around the area

Just a stone's throw from Wanderers cricket stadium, Melrose Arch offers plenty of shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Where to stay

There are several hotels offering excellent accommodation in Illovo and Melrose. The rest of Johannesburg has a very wide range of accommodation options from five-star hotels to B&B establishments.

What's happening

There are several cricket domestic and international competitions throughout the year.