Buffalo City Stadium

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Buffalo City Stadium
Full name Buffalo City Municipality Stadium
Former names Absa Stadium
Basil Kenyon Stadium
Location Arcadia, East London
Coordinates 33°0′24″S 27°54′19″E / 33.00667°S 27.90528°E / -33.00667; 27.90528Coordinates: 33°0′24″S 27°54′19″E / 33.00667°S 27.90528°E / -33.00667; 27.90528
Owner Buffalo City Municipality
Capacity 16,000
Surface Grass
Built 1934
Renovated 2010
Border Bulldogs (Currie Cup)
Blackburn Rovers (NFD)

Buffalo City Stadium (also known as the BCM Stadium) is a multi-use stadium in East London, South Africa. It is currently used mostly for Rugby Union matches and is the home stadium of Border Bulldogs. The stadium holds 16,000 people.

The stadium has undergone three name changes. Originally, it was named Border Rugby Union Grounds, which was changed to the Basil Kenyon Stadium, after the Springbok player who captained the Springboks on a successful 3-month tour of England in 1951. It has also been called ABSA Stadium, for sponsorship reasons.[1][2] On 26 June 2010, The BCM Stadium hosted a Test match between Italy and South Africa. South Africa won 55–11.

Notable matches[edit]

In August 1978, 5,500 spectators at the stadium watched the South African Country Districts XV beat the touring American Cougars 44-12.[3][4][5]

1995 Rugby World Cup[edit]

The stadium was one of the host venues for the 1995 Rugby World Cup. It hosted 3 first round matches in Pool B during the tournament.

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
27 May 1995  Italy 18–42  Western Samoa Group B 11,000
30 May 1995  Western Samoa 32–26  Argentina Group B 11,000
4 June 1995  Argentina 25–31  Italy Group B 11,000


  1. ^ "Craven Week in History". 2010-06-25. Archived from the original on 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  2. ^ "Absa Stadium". BuffaloCity.gov.za. Oct 13, 2009. Archived from the original on 10 January 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "South Africans Down Americans". The News and Courier. Associated Press. 1978-08-12. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  4. ^ "Sports Shorts". The Robesonian. Associated Press. 1978-08-11. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  5. ^ Select Books (2010). "Sports Catalogue May 2010. [Opens .doc file directly.]". Retrieved 2011-12-21. 

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