Loftus Versfeld Stadium

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Loftus Versfeld
Loftus Versfeld Game Night.JPG
Loftus Versfeld during a Super Rugby encounter between the Bulls and the Sharks.
Former names Minolta Loftus, Securicor Loftus
Location 440 Kirkness Street, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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Owner Blue Bulls Rugby Union
Capacity 51,762
Surface Grass
Built 1906
Opened 1923
Renovated 1977
Expanded 2008
Blue Bulls (Currie Cup)
Bulls (Super Rugby)
Mamelodi Sundowns (PSL)

Loftus Versfeld Stadium is a rugby and association football stadium situated in the Arcadia suburb of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. The stadium has a capacity of 51,762 for rugby union. It is occasionally used for local football matches as well.

Owned by the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, the stadium is the home ground of the Bulls franchise of the Super Rugby tournament and the Blue Bulls union in South Africa's Currie Cup. It also hosted the 2009 Super 14 Final which the Bulls won 61 - 17 against the Waikato Chiefs, and the 2009 Currie Cup final, which the Bulls went on to win 36 - 24 against the Free State Cheetahs.

Also, the South Africa national rugby union team has played several test matches at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium. They played New Zealand in 1970, 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2006, Australia in 1967, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010 and 2012, England in 1994, 2000 and 2007, and Ireland in 1998.

In June 2010, the stadium hosted opening round games and one game of the round of 16 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


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 Versfeld. 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. On 1 September 2005 the renaming process went full circle when cellular provider Vodacom, taking over sponsorship from Securicor, renamed the stadium back to the original Loftus Versfeld.

A South African fan plays his vuvuzela, June 2010

The site of the stadium was first used for sports in 1906, and the field was simply called the Eastern Sports Ground. The first concrete structure was erected there by the City Council in 1923. The original structure could only accommodate 2000 spectators, and did not have proper sports facilities.

In 1928, mostly because of the All Blacks tour to South Africa that year, the Pretoria sub-union made a large profit which they used to erect changing rooms and toilets.

When Mr Loftus Versfeld died suddenly in May 1932 the Pretoria sub-union renamed the Eastern Sports Ground after him as a tribute to a man that had done so much to develop sport in the area. The stadium has been known as Loftus Versfeld Stadium ever since. It has been upgraded on several occasions, most recently in 1984, when the Northern Pavilion received an upgrade.

Loftus Versfeld now has a large amount of world-class facilities which make it a wonderful place to play, or to watch sport matches or events. There are many suites for enjoying a hospitality package, accessible restrooms, numerous food kiosks as well as many areas outside of the stadium for alcoholic beverages. The stadium is a non-smoking stadium and patrons are not allowed to access the stadium seating areas with alcohol. Loftus Versfeld has many great viewing points all over the stadium, making it an easy venue to view any kind of sports event.


1995 Rugby World Cup

Loftus hosted some matches during the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Date Team 1 Result Team 2 Round Attendance
26 May 1995  France 38–10  Tonga Pool D 25,000
30 May 1995  Scotland 41–5  Tonga Pool D 21,000
3 June 1995  France 22–19  Scotland Pool D 40,000
11 June 1995  New Zealand 48–30  Scotland Quarter Final 20,000
22 June 1995  France 19–9  England Third-place play-off 45,000

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

Loftus Versfeld was one of the venues for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.[1] It hosted the Group B matches USA vs. Italy, USA vs. Brazil and Brazil vs. Italy.[2]

Date Time (UTC+2) Team 1 Result Team 2 Round Attendance
15 June 2009 20:30 United States USA 1–3 Italy Italy Group B 34,341
18 June 2009 16:00 United States USA 0–3 Brazil Brazil Group B 39,617
21 June 2009 20:30 Italy Italy 0–3 Brazil Brazil Group B 41,195

2010 FIFA World Cup

Minimal upgrading was undertaken in order for Loftus Versfeld to qualify as a venue for first and second round matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[3][4] The floodlights, sound system, scoreboards and stadium roof were improved, as roads and parking facilities around it.[3][5] While expected to be finished in August 2008,[3] renovation was completed in January 2009.[6]

Date Time (UTC+2) Team 1 Result Team 2 Round Attendance
13 June 2010 16:00 Serbia Serbia 0–1 Ghana Ghana Group D 38,833
16 June 2010 20:30 South Africa South Africa 0–3 Uruguay Uruguay Group A 42,658
19 June 2010 20:30 Cameroon Cameroon 1–2 Denmark Denmark Group E 38,074
23 June 2010 16:00 United States USA 1–0 Algeria Algeria Group C 35,827
25 June 2010 20:30 Chile Chile 1–2 Spain Spain Group H 41,958
29 June 2010 16:00 Paraguay Paraguay 0–0 (5–3 on penalties) Japan Japan Round of 16 36,742


The stadium has hosted many musical events including concerts by UB40 and Robbie Williams' Close Encounters Tour on 17 April 2006 with an attendance of over 56,000. Canadian superstar Celine Dion also performed as part of her Taking Chances Tour a two-night stand at the stadium on 16 and 17 February 2008 with a total attendance of about 80,000.


On 20 October 1979, South African Heavyweight boxer Gerrie Coetzee challenged the unbeaten American Heavyweight John Tate for the vacant WBA World Heavyweight title in front of a crowd of 80,000 people. Despite massive support within the stadium Coetzee lost on points to the American.

See also


  1. "FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 - Tshwane/Pretoria". FIFA. Retrieved 18 June 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 - Matches". FIFA. Retrieved 8 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sylvester Haskins (20 June 2008). "Five new stadiums on track for 2010". Engineering News. Creamer Media. Retrieved 21 June 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "How host cities are shaping up: Pretoria". Times LIVE. AVUSA. 23 November 2007. Archived from the original on 25 November 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2008. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Lebogang Seale (12 February 2008). "2010 soccer stadiums under Fifa spotlight". IOL Sport. Independent Newspapers. Retrieved 9 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Pretoria Stadium not yet ready". BBC Sport. 5 February 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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