Posted by: Lee H | 18/04/2010

Loftus Versfeld – Pretoria

Fifa World Cup 2010

Loftus Versfeld - Pretoria

Capacity – 51,762

Opened – 1906 (Upgraded in 2008)

Inside Loftus Versfeld

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Named after Robert Owen Loftus Versfeld, the founder of organised sports in Pretoria, the stadium is one of the oldest sporting venues in South Africa and will host six matches at the upcoming Fifa World Cup. Only a minimal upgrade was required to bring Loftus Versfeld up to the standard needed to host World Cup matches, with improvements to the floodlights, scoreboard, sound system and the stadium roof.

The stadium is how to one of the most successful rugby sides in South Africa, the Blue Bulls, and has hosted matches at previous major tournaments including last year’s Confederations Cup, the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations and the 1995 Rugby World Cup. It was also host to South African national football team’s first ever win over a European team, a 1-0 victory over Sweden in 1998.

Situated around 70 kilometers north of Johannesburg, Pretoria is one of South Africa’s three capital citiess and is known for having many museums and monuments depicting the city’s artistic and colourful heritage.

Link – South Africa v British Irish Lions (Rugby Union) at Loftus Versfeld

Fifa World Cup 2010 Fixtures

13 June – Group D – Serbia v Ghana
16 June – Group A – South Africa v Uruguay
19 June – Group E – Cameroon v Denmark
23 June – Group C – USA v Algeria
25 June – Group H – Chile v Spain
29 June – Round of 16

Loftus Versfeld

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