|ELLIS PARK SPORTS STADIUM
A modern stadium which boasts international facilities, Ellis Park was the first black owned stadium in South Africa. Ellis Park accommodates a nmber of sports, mainly football and Rugby and is considered a premier venue for these in South Africa.
Ellis Park sports Stadium is home to the Orlando Pirates Football Club and Lion's Rugby Union and is synonomous with quality sports action.
Currently the seating is at 59 347 guests with the corporate hospitality suites seating 8 538 guests.
These 339 special corporate suite facilities with 24 to 72 seats, allow the Stadium to sell approximately 4 000 additional tickets to events, should clients choose to exercise this option.
The Presidential Suite and the JZ le Roux Hall, Ellis Park's two principal VIP areas, facilitate up to 254 guests when combined for events.
Ellis Park Stadium can cater for all needs, and also includes refrshment stalls licensed pubs which are available to the public at all events.
There is a great opportunity for advertising at the events, using field and wall boards as well as a Sony Jumbotron screen.
Ellis Park and rugby are synonymous. The only time when rugby was not played at Ellis Park was during 1980 and 1981 when the new stadium was under construction. Ellis Park saw the first International match against the All Blacks in 1928 thus making ellis Park Internationally well known. Crowds of between 38 000 and a record crowd of 100 000 against the British Lions (in 1955) attended the matches.
Also very popular for cricket before the Wanderer Stadium was built, Ellis Park was the site of many cricket match after an agreement was reached between TRFU and The Transvaal Cricket Union. In March 1979 the cricket moved to the Wanderers while Ellis Park was being redone and has been played there ever since.
Today the Golden Lions Rugby Union (Transvaal Rugby Union before) and Ellis Park Stadium (Pty) Ltd are debt free and have cash resources of more than all the other Unions and SARFU combined as well as borrowing powers of a similar amount.
In 1995 rugby fever hit the country with South Africa's hosting of the Rugby World Cup, the biggest event on the rugby calendar. Ellis Park was the venue for the World Cup Final which was played on 24 June 1995. In this spectacular final, New Zealand and South Africa ran onto the field at 14:45 to a thunderous roar of 62 000 spectators and millions of spectators glued in front of their TV's. South Africa won this game 15-12 after extra time was allowed.
Ellis Park is also home to Orlando Pirates, one of South Africa's premier Football teams.
As one of the hosts to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, we will be seeing semi-final matches at Ellis Park, possible because of a multi million rand investmant towards the upgrading of the stadium. The upgrades will give an additional 10 000 seats making a total of 70 000 seats, and multi tiered stands above the goal posts.
Besides sports, Ellis Park also plays host to numerous entertaining events and concerts.
Tel : 011 4028644
Ellis Park Stadium (Pty) Limited
Corner of Currey and Staib Street