Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Loftus Versfeld Stadium is a rugby and football stadium situated in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. The stadium has a capacity of 51,762 for rugby union and recently hosted the 2009 Currie Cup final. It is occasionally used for local football matches as well. 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 Owen Loftus 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 had become the stadium's name sponsor. Sponsorship was taken over by security giant Securicor, who announced the name Securicor Loftus on 5 February 2003. On the 1st of 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. 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.


Sporting and Miscellaneous events

1995 Rugby World Cup
Loftus hosted some matches during the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

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

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. The floodlights, sound system, scoreboards and stadium roof were improved and, while expected to be finished in August 2008, renovation was completed in January 2009.

Rugby Union
Loftus Versfeld is the home ground of the Super 14 franchise the Bulls and was the site of the 2009 Super 14 Final. Loftus is also the home ground of the Blue Bulls union in South Africa's Currie Cup.The stadium has currently been upgraded as part of the 2010 World Cup, with new roofing on the eastern stand as well as roads and parking facilities around it

The stadium has hosted many musical events over the past few years including 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.

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance 1995-05-26 France 38”“10 Tonga Group D 25,000 1995-05-30 Scotland 41”“5 Tonga Group D 21,000 1995-06-03 France 22”“19 Scotland Group D 40,000 1995-06-11 New Zealand 48”“30 Scotland Quarter Final 20,000 1995-06-22 France 15”“12 England Third-place play-off 45,000 Date Time ( UTC+2) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance 2009-06-15 20.30 USA 1”“3 Italy Group B 34,341 2009-06-18 16.00 USA 0”“3 Brazil Group B 39,617 2009-06-21 20.30 Italy 0”“3 Brazil Group B 41,195 Date Time ( UTC+2) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance 2010-06-13 16.00 Serbia 0”“1 Ghana Group D 38,833 2010-06-16 20.30 South Africa 0”“3 Uruguay Group A 42,658 2010-06-19 20.30 Cameroon 1”“2 Denmark Group E 38,074 2010-06-23 16.00 USA 1”“0 Algeria Group C 35,827 2010-06-25 20.30 Chile 1”“2 Spain Group H 41,958 2010-06-29 16.00 Paraguay 0”“0 (5”“3 PEN) Japan Round of 16 36,742

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