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Loftus Versfeld
Loftus
Loftus Versfeld - Pretoria.jpg
Location Pretoria, South Africa
Coordinates 25°45′12″S 28°13′22″E / 25.75333°S 28.22278°E / -25.75333; 28.22278Coordinates: 25°45′12″S 28°13′22″E / 25.75333°S 28.22278°E / -25.75333; 28.22278
Renovated 2008
Surface Grass
Capacity 51,762

Loftus Versfeld Stadium is a sports stadium situated in Pretoria, South Africa. The stadium has a capacity of 51,762 and is an all seater venue. Recently hosted the 2009 Currie Cup final.

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History

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.

Facilities

Sporting and Miscellaneous events

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2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

Loftus in 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]

FIFA World Cup 2010

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 [3] [5] and, while expected to be finished in August 2008 [3], renovation was completed in January 2009 [6].

Date Time (UTC+2) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
2010-06-13 16.00 Serbia Serbia vs Ghana Ghana Group D
2010-06-16 20.30 South Africa South Africa vs Uruguay Uruguay Group A
2010-06-19 20.30 Cameroon Cameroon vs Denmark Denmark Group E
2010-06-23 16.00 United States USA vs Algeria Algeria Group C
2010-06-25 20.30 Chile Chile vs Spain Spain Group H
2010-06-29 16.00 Winners of Group F vs Runners-up of Group E Round of 16

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 franchise in South Africa's Currie Cup.The stadium has currently been upgraded as part of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, with new roofing on the eastern stand as well as roads and parking facilities around it

Concerts

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.

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Loftus Versfeld Stadium
File:Loftus Versfeld
Location Pretoria, South Africa
Coordinates 25°45′12″S 28°13′22″E / 25.75333°S 28.22278°E / -25.75333; 28.22278Coordinates: 25°45′12″S 28°13′22″E / 25.75333°S 28.22278°E / -25.75333; 28.22278
Built 1906
Renovated 2008
Capacity 42,858

Loftus Versfeld Stadium - Tshwane/Pretoria Loftus Versfeld Stadium is a sports stadium in Pretoria, South Africa.

FIFA World Cup

The stadium will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Is one of the 10 stadiums where World Cup games will be played.

2010 World Cup Matches

All times are given in South African Standard time (UTC+2).

DateTimeGroupTeam #1Team #2
Sunday, 13 June16:00Group DSerbiaGhana
Wednesday, 15 June20:30Group ASouth AfricaUruguay
Saturday, 19 June20:30Group ECameroonDenmark
Wednesday, 23 June16:00Group CUnited StatesAlgeria
Friday, 25 June20:30Group HChileSpain
Tuesday, 29 June16:00Round of 161F2E

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