Free State Stadium

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Toyota Stadium
Free State Stadium1.jpg
Former namesVodacom Park
LocationKings Way, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Coordinates29°7′2″S 26°12′32″E / 29.11722°S 26.20889°E / -29.11722; 26.20889Coordinates: 29°7′2″S 26°12′32″E / 29.11722°S 26.20889°E / -29.11722; 26.20889
Public transitBloemfontein railway station
OperatorMangaung Metropolitan Municipality
Capacity46,000[1]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built1995
Opened1995
Renovated2008
Expanded2007
Tenants
Cheetahs
Free State Cheetahs
Bloemfontein Celtic

The Free State Stadium (Afrikaans: Vrystaatstadion), currently known as the Toyota Stadium for sponsorship reasons and formerly known as Vodacom Park, is a stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa, used mainly for rugby union and also sometimes for association football. It was originally built for the 1995 Rugby World Cup, and was one of the venues for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The primary rugby union tenants of the facility are:

The primary association football tenant is:

Notable matches[edit]

1995 Rugby World Cup[edit]

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

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
27 May 1995  Japan 10–57  Wales Group C 12,000
31 May 1995  Ireland 50–28  Japan Group C 15,000
4 June 19951  Japan 17–145  New Zealand Group C 17,000

1996 African Cup of Nations[edit]

The Free State Stadium was one of venues used for the 1996 African Cup of Nations. It hosted six group matches and a quarter-final match:

Date Time (SAST) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
14 January 1996 Zambia Zambia 0–0 Algeria Algeria Group B 9,000
15 January 1996 Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 2–1 Burkina Faso Burkina Faso Group B 1,500
18 January 1996 Algeria Algeria 2–0 Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Group B 1,500
20 January 1996 Zambia Zambia 5–1 Burkina Faso Burkina Faso Group B 2,000
24 January 1996 Zambia Zambia 4–0 Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Group B 200
25 January 1996 Ghana Ghana 2–0 Mozambique Mozambique Group D 3,500
27 January 1996 Zambia Zambia 3–1 Egypt Egypt Quarter-finals 8,500

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

The Free State Stadium was one of the host venues for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Date Time (SAST) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
15 June 2009 16:00 Brazil Brazil 4–3 Egypt Egypt Group B 27,851
17 June 2009 16:00 Spain Spain 1–0 Iraq Iraq Group A 30,512
20 June 2009 20:30 Spain Spain 2–0 South Africa South Africa Group A 38,212
24 June 2009 20:30 Spain Spain 0–2 United States United States Semi-finals 35,369

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

In advance of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a second tier was added to the main grandstand on the western side of the ground, increasing the net capacity from 36,538[2] to 40,911. Additionally, new turnstiles were created, the floodlights upgraded, electronic scoreboards installed, the sound system revamped to the required standards, and CCTV and media facilities improved.

Bloemfontein received R221 million to upgrade the stadium. Though cost estimates were at R245 million, the city decided to stand in for the R24m shortfall.[3] Tenders were advertised in February & March 2007. Upgrade work started in July 2007.[4]

Date Time (SAST) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
14 June 2010 16.00 Japan Japan 1–0 Cameroon Cameroon Group E 30,620
17 June 2010 16.00 Greece Greece 2–1 Nigeria Nigeria Group B 31,593
20 June 2010 13.30 Slovakia Slovakia 0–2 Paraguay Paraguay Group F 26,643
22 June 2010 16.00 France France 1–2 South Africa South Africa Group A 39,415
25 June 2010 20.30 Switzerland Switzerland 0–0 Honduras Honduras Group H 28,042
27 June 2010 16.00 Germany Germany 4–1 England England Round of 16 40,510

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/stadium.aspx?TID=2
  2. ^ "fussballtemple". Fussballtempel.net. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  3. ^ "Sunday Times". Sunday Times. Retrieved 2010-06-17.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Official upgrade progress report as at May 2008" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2010-06-17.

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