Loftus Versfeld is one of the 10 stadiums selected to be venues for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The stadium is situated in the heart of South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria. The stadium was first known as the Eastern Sports Ground. In 1932, Robert Owen Loftus Versfeld, a sports administrator, suffered a heart attack on the Eastern stand and died. In tribute to him, the stadium was renamed. Loftus Versfeld stadium has been used for major sporting events in South Africa since the early 1900s. It’s one of the oldest sport stadiums in South Africa and has been upgraded more than once over the years. The stadium has a seating capacity of 50,000. Loftus Versfeld stadium was slightly upgraded before the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. A roof was added over the Eastern pavilion. Loftus Versveld stadium was a key venue in the 1995 Rugby World Cup and the 1996 African Cup of Nations. The stadium is currently the home of the Blue Bulls rugby team (2007 and 2009 Super 14 champions), Supersport United FC and Mamelodi Sundowns FC (teams in the PSL in South Africa). Pretoria is situated 50 km from Johannesburg and has a population of more than 2.3 million.
Loftus Versfeld will be hosting the following games in the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
- Serbia vs Ghana – 13 June 2010 – Kickoff at 16:00
- South Africa vs Uruguay – 16 June 2010 – Kickoff at 20:30
- Cameroon vs Denmark – 19 June 2010 – Kickoff at 20:30
- USA vs Algeria – 23 June 2010 – Kickoff at 16:00
- Chile vs Spain – 25 June 2010 – Kickoff at 20:30
- Winner Group F vs Runner Group E (Round 16 Match) – 29 June 2010 – Kickoff at 16:00
For a full list of the games check out the 2010 FIFA World Cup Match Schedule Post.