Tenants: Lions (Super Rugby) & Golden Lions (Currie Cup/Vodacom Cup)
Ellis Park (currently known as Emirates Airline Park) is primarily used for rugby union and football, with its finest moment being the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final. The 1995 Final, won by the hosts South Africa, witnessed one of sport’s iconic moments, as Nelson Mandela (the President of South Africa) presented the Webb Ellis Cup to the South African Captain, Francois Pienaar.
The stadium also hosted several matches, including the Final, of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup as South Africa prepared to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Ellis Park thus hosted five group matches of the World Cup, a Round of 16 match and a Quarter-final as the eventual winners Spain defeated Paraguay.
Ellis Park is now the home of the Super Rugby side, the Lions, as well as the Golden Lions who compete in the annual Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup.
Tickets for both Lions and Golden Lions matches are available to purchase through their official partner, Ticketpro by clicking here. Further information is available through the official Lions website here.
Location & Travel
Ellis Park Stadium is located in the suburb of Doornfontein in Johannesburg.
Airport – O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is South Africa’s primary international and domestic airport, offering direct flights to destinations on all continents.
Driving & Parking – Driving is the easiest way of accessing Ellis Park Stadium, there are handy videos available on YouTube with directions:
- Directions to Ellis Park from the North
- Directions to Ellis Park from the South
- Directions to Ellis Park from the West
- Directions to Ellis Park from the East
Parking on site appears to be an issue, however you should be able to park on the surrounding streets.
Rapid Transit Bus System – The Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system has several routes that run to Ellis Park, including the T1 (from Thokoza Park (Soweto) via Johannesburg CBD ), the T2 (Thokoza Park via Civic Centre (Braamfontein)) and the C1 (from Dobsonville (Soweto) via the CBD).
Where to stay in Johannesburg
Ellis Park Stadium Tour & Museum
The Ellis Park Rugby Museum showcases memorabilia from both the Lions, Springboks and the stadium itself. The museum is open from 8am to 3pm and costs R50.00 for adults and R20.00 for school learners. Tours are also available but must be booked in advance.
For more information, consult the official website here.