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Ellis Park Stadium

Ellis Park Stadium



Mr JD Ellis was instrumental in building an Icon! An Icon that was named after him, The Ellis Park Stadium. After he made the land available the stadium was constructed in 1928. The stadium was erected in approximately eight months and in June 1928 the first test was played against the New Zealand All Blacks. Over the years Ellis Park Stadium has become internationally renowned and synonymous with rugby, although other major events have also been staged at the facility. These events include, amongst others, soccer matches and open-air concerts.

A photograph that has been viewed millions of times, by people around the globe, was taken during one of the country's most significant sporting events, the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The photo is of then-president Nelson Mandela and Springbok captain Francois Pienaar holding up the Webb Ellis trophy on 24 June 1995. This was the first major international sporting achievement for South Africa after years of isolation, and the victory was considered a stepping stone toward the creation of a united South Africa. The South Africa national rugby union team, known as the Springboks, defeated New Zealand's All Blacks 15-12. The story of this period in South African history and this achievement in particular was turned into a motion picture in 2009 by Hollywood director Clint Eastwood, the movie was called Invictus.

The old stadium was completely demolished in March 1979 to make way for a bigger, more modern facility. The new facility which includes upgrades made in preparation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup now seats in the region of 62 000 people. It is believed that the only extended period in the stadiums history where rugby was not played at the facility was during the 1979 rebuild. Games were played at the Wanderers while the stadium was being rebuilt.

The Ellis Park Stadium is home to Super Rugby's Lions, Currie Cup's Golden Lions and the Premier Soccer League's Orlando Pirates. In 2005, 10 years after hosting the legendary Rugby World Cup final, it became the first black-owned stadium in South Africa when the Golden Lions Rugby Union relinquished management to a majority black-owned company. Today, the stadium is managed by Interza Lesego, Orlando Pirates Football Club and Ellis Park World of Sport.

After a R500 million upgrade was completed in 2008, Ellis Park Stadium was ready for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The upgrade saw the seating capacity increased by 5000 seats, a facelift to the Presidential Suite, a new hospitality room and new changing rooms. Ellis Park hosted five group games, one second round game and one quarter-final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Ellis Park now boasts high-tech media facilities, a premium audio-visual set-up and improved accessibility for the disabled. It also has nine conferencing venues, which host up to 1 000 people at a time. Visitors can choose between executive suites and banquet conference venues, all overlooking the pitch. It is also a popular concert venue in South Africa, with the likes of the Rolling Stones having performed there.

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Forest Town Guest Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Forest Town

3.5km North West of center of Ellis Park Stadium

Forest Town Guest Cottages situated in Forest Town in Johannesburg. These attractively and comfortably furnished villas are self-contained, separate and private, 1- and 2-bedroom villas to suit families, the business traveller and tourists.

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Forest Cottage B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Forest Town

3.5km North West of center of Ellis Park Stadium

Nestled in the leafy suburb of Forest Town, in a quiet and secure cul-de-sac with 24 hour security guards. Friendly and warm comfort offered by Annie and Chris Challis - this is your home away from home.

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Parktown Guesthouse

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Parktown

4.4km West of center of Ellis Park Stadium

Parktown Guesthouse is set in a beautiful garden of a private Parktown estate - Situated in a lovely neighborhood. The cottage can accommodate two persons.

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Cotswold Gardens Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Randburg

4.5km North West of center of Ellis Park Stadium

Cotswold Gardens situated in the beautiful treed suburb of Saxonwold Johannesburg. Beautiful garden, a large sparkling swimming pool, with free standing sculptures and a variety of contemporary art inside the house.

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7th Street Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Melville

5.6km West of center of Ellis Park Stadium

7th Street Guesthouse and Conference Venue is a 4 star graded by TGCSA, with 13 luxury en suite rooms equipped with DSTV, Wifi internet access, heaters, hairdryers, fans, digital safes, coffee/tea facilities and bar fridges stocked with compliment...

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Grand View B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Johannesburg Municipality

6.0km West of center of Ellis Park Stadium

Uniquely positioned on the highest point of Johannesburg, with panoramic views over the city, Grand View B&B provides an enclave of solitude and elegance in northern Johannesburg. This striking establishment is located in one of the most sough...

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33 on First

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Melville

6.2km West of center of Ellis Park Stadium

33 on First Guesthouse is situated a stone's throw from the Bohemian suburb of Melville's famous 7th Street with its vibe atmosphere, pavement cafes, cozy restaurants, antique/vintage stores and cocktail clubs, we are in the perfect location to explore Jo

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Genesis All-Suite Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Johannesburg Municipality

6.3km North of center of Ellis Park Stadium

Genesis All-Suite Hotel is situated in the leafy suburb of Fairmount atop a small shopping centre and offers lovely spacious apartments.

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6 on Sixth

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Parktown North

6.3km North West of center of Ellis Park Stadium

6 on Sixth Bed & Breakfast is conveniently situated in the up-market Johannesburg suburb of Parktown North.

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Bedford Square Apartments

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bedfordview

6.5km North East of center of Ellis Park Stadium

Bedford Square Apartments offers convenient self catering accommodation in Bedfordview in the Johannesburg East Rand. We offer 6 apartments, accommodating 2 - 4 people. Bedford Square Apartments are tastefully fully furnished up market executive apartment

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