The history behind Loftus Versveld

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Sport plays an integral role in the South African culture and nothing beats spending a Saturday in a stadium backing a winning team. Situated in Tshwane/Pretoria, Loftus Versveld is one of the oldest stadiums in South Africa in which to do so.

This stadium has been used for major sporting events since 1903. Since 1948 the stadium has undergone upgrades where it has been used for both rugby and football matches. Loftus Versveld is also home to the famous rugby team, the Blue Bulls and dozens of supporters dressed in blue flock to the stadium to back their beloved team.

The stadium currently has a seating capacity of 50 000 and has hosted matches during the 1995 Rugby World Cup and 1996 CAF African Cup of Nations. Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United now uses it as their homeground.

Not only is this a legendary rugby stadium but a proud place for soccer fans as well since South Africa’s national team, Bafana Bafana, achieved its first ever victory over a European side when they beat Sweden 1-0 in 1999.

Having been selected as a playing venue for the 2010 World Cup, the stadium underwent refurbishment. During the tournament the stadium hosted 5 first round group matches.

Loftus Versveld is located toward the east of the city of Pretoria and lies fewer than 2 km south-east of the government’s Union Buildings.

The D-filed transforms into a fan park on match days so don’t miss out on the entertainment and beer garden. Musicians such as Bok van Blerk has performed there, a great way to build up excitement before the match.

For most of its history, Loftus Versfeld primarily hosted rugby matches, and it is owned by local rugby club, Blue Bulls. Tickets for all games can usually be bought at the Computicket outlets and Shoprite and Checkers stores so next time you book your Citiliner ticket why not book a ticket to see a fantastic game at this legendary stadium?

Attractions near Loftus Versfeld:

Freedom Park: Koch St & 7th Ave, Salvokop, Pretoria, 0002
National Zoological Gardens of South Africa: 232 Boom St, Pretoria
Voortrekker Monument: Eeufees Rd, Pretoria
Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary: Corner of and, Roper St & Boshoff St, Pretoria
Groenkloof Nature Reserve: Eeufees Road & Christina De Wit Ave, Pretoria, 0027
Pretoria National Botanical Garden: 2 Cussonia Ave, Pretoria, 0186

 

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