Danie Craven Stadium

Coordinates: 33°56′24″S 18°52′25″E / 33.94000°S 18.87361°E / -33.94000; 18.87361
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Danie Craven Stadium
Danie Craven Statue
Full nameDanie Craven Stadium
LocationStellenbosch, South Africa
Coordinates33°56′24″S 18°52′25″E / 33.94000°S 18.87361°E / -33.94000; 18.87361
OwnerStellenbosch University

The Danie Craven Stadium is a rugby union stadium in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Built in 1979, it is part of the Stellenbosch University's sport facilities. The stadium was named after rugby administrator and Springbok scrum half Danie Craven. The stadium holds 16,000 people.

The stadium was built on a portion of the old Coetsenburg Estate which was founded by Dirk Coetsee in 1682 after a grant of land from the Dutch Governor of the Cape Colony Simon van der Stel.

The Danie Craven Stadium has mostly been used for rugby matches. The stadium played host to several games of the Varsity Cup, South Africa's premier inter-university rugby tournament since 2008. In the first three years of the Varsity Cup (2008–2010) the final also took place at the stadium. In 2008 the final was played between Maties (Stellenbosch University) and the Ikey Tigers (University of Cape Town). In 2009 the final was played between Maties and Pukke (North-West University). In 2010, the final was – again – played between the Maties and the Ikey Tigers. The Maties won these three tournaments. Subsequently the Varsity Cup final has been played in this stadium in 2013 (Maties lost to University of Pretoria Tuks), 2016 (Maties lost to Pukke), 2018 and 2019 (Maties beat Pukke and Tuks respectively).[1]

In 2020, soccer club Stellenbosch F.C. started using the stadium for most of its matches played at home.[2][3]

In the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the stadium hosted the game between Australia and Romania on 3 June.[4]

The stadium also played host to the 2007 Touch Football World Cup where it saw Australia claim the title of World Champions for another four years.

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  1. ^ "FNB Varsity Cup champions down the years". Varsity Cup. 6 February 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Stellenbosch FC to play home games at historic Danie Craven Stadium". www.iol.co.za. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Home Venues: Stellenbosch Football Club". www.stellenboschfc.com. Archived from the original on 5 July 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  4. ^ "World Cup Results – 1995 | SA Rugby Stats". sarugbystats.co.za. Retrieved 19 March 2021.

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