Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Loftus Versfeld Stadium serves as the heart of one of Pretoria’s passionate pastimes: Rugby!The site of the stadium, originally called the Eastern Sports Grounds, was first used for sport in 1906. In 1923, the first concrete structure was built which could house 2 000 spectators.
After the sudden death of Robert Owen Loftus Versfeld, a well respected rugby player and administrator as well as the man credited with establishing organized sport in Pretoria, the rugby Sub-Union renamed the stadium in his honour. Since then its official name has changed many times, being named Minolta Loftus and Securicor Loftus in recent times (Minolta and Securicor both being respective sponsors). In 2005, however, its name was officially changed back to Loftus Versfeld.
Although Loftus Versfeld is best known as the home ground for the Blue Bulls rugby team, it is also a popular soccer stadium, being the home ground of the Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club. It has also been used to host numerous musical concerts.
The Stadium, which can now seat 50 000 spectators, recently underwent some minor upgrades and reonovations to qualify as a venue for first and second round matches in the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.