Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Did you know?
Loftus Versfeld is also the home ground of the celebrated Blue Bulls rugby team.
Loftus Versfeld Stadium hosted 6 matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, including the round of 16 match between Paraguay and Japan (Paraguay won 5-3 on penalties).
The stadium's history as a sporting venue dates back over a century. In that time, the venue has undergone a number of upgrades so the most recent renovations, to prepare the grounds as a 2010 FIFA World Cup™ stadium, called for relatively little work to be done on this landmark.
Some R90-million was spent on a new roof over its East Pavilion, new VIP seating, an upgraded lighting system and facilities for emergency power. There are new video boards, scoreboards, turnstiles and comprehensive media facilities. All the seating at this Pretoria sports stadium has also been replaced, increasing spectator capacity to 50 000.
Loftus Versfeld Stadium hosted both the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and the African Cup of Nations in 1996. It was the field on which South Africa first won a soccer match against European opposition, namely Sweden, in 1999.
The seemingly stately city of Pretoria may be the political and diplomatic hub of Gauteng province, but its international community and multi-cultural student population share a common passion for sports and partying!
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Pretoria/Tshwane Tourism Information Centre
Old Nederlandsche Bank Building
Tel: +27 (0) 12 358 1430
Fax: +27 (0) 12 358 1485