Tenants: Bulls (Rugby Union – Super Rugby), Blue Bulls (Rugby Union – Currie Cup) & Mamelodi Sundowns (Football – Premier Soccer League)
The Loftus Versfeld Stadium is primarily used as a rugby union venue but is also used for football. Sport was first played at the ‘Eastern Sports Ground’ in 1906 with a stadium that could host 2,000 spectators later constructed in 1923. The stadium was named after Robert Loftus Owen Versfeld who founded organised sport in Pretoria, the year after his death in 1932. The ground has undergone a number of renovations since it was opened, most recently in 2008 ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Home to the Bulls of Super Rugby and the Blue Bulls competing in the domestic Currie Cup, the stadium hosted the 2009 Super 14 Final in which the Bulls defeated the Waikato Chiefs 61-17.
A number of Springbok internationals have been held at Loftus Versfeld, including matches against the All Blacks, Australia, England and Ireland, as well as the British and Irish Lions. Three pool matches at the 1995 Rugby World Cup were held there, a Quarter-final in which New Zealand defeated Scotland 48-30 on the way to the Final and the Third-place play-off won by France over England.
In football, the Mamelodi Sundowns play their high profile matches at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium away from their usual home of the Lucas ‘Masterpieces’ Moripe Stadium. Three groups matches of the 2009 Confederations Cup featuring Brazil, Italy and the USA were played there as the stadium built up to hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium went on to host five groups matches at the World Cup, including the host nation’s 3-0 loss to Uruguay and a Round of 16 win for Paraguay over Japan.
Bulls/Blue Bulls – Tickets for Blues and Blue Bulls matches are available through their ticketing partner, Ticketpro. The ticketing office at Loftus Versfeld is open on weekdays from 8am to 4pm and on match days from 8am.
Mamelodi Sundowns – Tickets for Mamelodi Sundowns are available for most matches as the team rarely sells out. Tickets cost R40, further information and booking is available on the official Mamelodi Sundowns website.
South Africa international rugby union – Springbok ticket sales are handled by the host province, for further information on the latest Springbok ticket sales consult the official website.
Location & Travel
The Loftus Versfeld Stadium is located in the Arcadia suburb of Pretoria, approximately 4 kilometres east of central Pretoria. Pretoria is just over 50 kilometres from Johannesburg.
Air – The closest major airport is O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg – South Africa’s primary international and domestic airport, offering direct flights to destinations on all continents.
From the airport, the Gautrain runs to Pretoria in about 40 minutes, with a change at Marlboro. There are plans for there to be a direct service to Pretoria from the airport.
Train – Pretoria railway station is located approximately 4 kilometres west of the Loftus Versfeld Stadium. The Gautrain links Park Station in Joahnnesburg with Pretoria, or indirectly with the airport as above.
From Pretoria station, the Metrorail runs to Loftus Versfeldpark, located directly next to the stadium.
Where to stay in Pretoria
Loftus Versfeld Stadium Tour
Tours can be organised for Loftus Versfeld by booking only: Contact Saartjie Oliver on 012 420 0700 to book a tour of the stadium.