Loftus Versfeld Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium situated in the suburb of Arcadia, city of Pretoria in the Gauteng province of South Africa. The stadium has a capacity of 51,762 for rugby union and is also used for football matches. It is the home of the Blue Bulls, the Bulls Super Rugby franchise, and Mamelodi Sundowns, a Premier Soccer League club.
The stadium was named after Robert Loftus Owen Versfeld, the founder of organized sports in Pretoria. Through the years the stadium has undergone various name changes as sponsors came and went, though locals have always referred to the stadium as Loftus. From 11 June 1998 to 4 February 2003 the stadium was officially named Minolta Loftus after Minolta became the stadium’s name sponsor. Sponsorship was taken over by security giant Securicor, who announced the name Securicor Loftus on 5 February 2003. In 2005, the stadium was renamed MTN Loftus Versfeld after a new sponsorship deal with MTN. The current name of the stadium is Loftus Versfeld, which was adopted in 2016 after the end of the MTN sponsorship deal.
Loftus Versfeld Stadium is one of the most popular stadiums in South Africa and has hosted many major sporting events, including the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The stadium has also hosted a number of concerts, including performances by U2, The Rolling Stones, and Madonna.
The stadium is located in the heart of Pretoria and is easily accessible by public transport. There are a number of hotels and restaurants located close to the stadium, making it a convenient place to stay and eat before or after a game.
Loftus Versfeld Stadium is a world-class sporting venue and is a must-see for any fan of rugby union or football. The stadium is home to some of the most passionate fans in South Africa and the atmosphere at a game is electric. If you are ever in Pretoria, be sure to catch a game at Loftus Versfeld Stadium. You won’t be disappointed.
Here are some additional facts about Loftus Versfeld Stadium:
- The stadium was built in 1923.
- The record attendance for a rugby union match at the stadium is 51,762.
- The stadium has hosted two Rugby World Cup finals, in 1995 and 2010.
- The stadium has also hosted the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
- The stadium has hosted a number of concerts, including performances by U2, The Rolling Stones, and Madonna.
- The stadium is located in the heart of Pretoria and is easily accessible by public transport.
- There are a number of hotels and restaurants located close to the stadium.
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