Loftus Versfeld Stadium

July 18, 2012 Colin Top 10 Attractions

The Loftus Versfeld Stadium is located in the Arcadia suburb of Pretoria, in Gauteng province in South Africa. It is a rugby and association football stadium with a capacity of 51 762. The Currie Cup Final for 2009 was hosted in the Loftus Versfeld Stadium. Local football matches are sometimes played in the stadium. One of the games of the FIFA World Cup of 2010 was played in the stadium.

Robert Owen Loftus Versfeld was Pretoria‚Äôs founder of organized sports. The stadium is named in his honor. However, the stadium has been renamed several times by new sponsors. For instance, when Minolta became the stadium’s name sponsor from June 11, 1998 to February 4, 2003, the name of the stadium became Minolta Loftus. Securicor became the next sponsor from February 5, 2003. Next, Vodacom became the sponsor and renamed the stadium back to its original name.

The Loftus Versfeld Stadium is the home of the Bulls who are part of the Super Rugby franchise. New roofing, floodlights, and parking facilities at the stadium were upgraded during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The Loftus Versfeld Stadium is home not only to sports, but for events like music concerts as well. UB40, Robbie Williams, and Celine Dion have performed at the stadium. The total attendance at the stadium for these events has been almost 80,000.

The Loftus Versfeld Stadium has also hosted boxing matches. The American Heavyweight champion John Tate defeated the South African Heavyweight boxer Gerrie Coetzee in 1979, despite massive support from spectators.

 

 

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