Griqua Park

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Griqua Park
Location Kimberley, South Africa
Coordinates 28°45′18″S 24°45′29″E / 28.7549444°S 24.7580083°E / -28.7549444; 24.7580083
Capacity 11,000
Surface Grass

Griqua Park (currently known as Tafel Lager Park for sponsorship reasons) is an 11,000-capacity[1] multi-purpose stadium in Kimberley, South Africa.[2] It is mainly used for rugby union matches and it the home stadium of provincial Currie Cup side Griquas. The Cheetahs Super Rugby side also played some matches at this ground.

Griquas relocated to the stadium from their former De Beers Stadium home in 1991, when the stadium was known as Hoffe Park. It was named after Chas Hoffe, the head manager of Spoornet who owned the ground. Despite initially only having two stands, a lot of ground development was done during the mid-1990s under the leadership of then-president Andre Markgraaff, increasing the stadium's capacity to 11,000, as well as adding several suites.[3]

Between 1998 and 2008, the stadium had a sponsorship deal with ABSA Bank, during which time the stadium was known as Absa Park. Between 2009 and 2015, the stadium was known as GWK Park thanks to a sponsorship deal from Douglas-based agricultural company GWK (Griekwaland-Wes Korporatief), who also became the title sponsor of the Griquas rugby team.[4] When the sponsorship deal with GWK expired, the stadium became known as Griqua Park.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.worldofstadiums.com/africa/south-africa/griqua-park/
  2. ^ "Hoffe Park - Kimberley". Wikimapia. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "GWK Park's history . . .". Volksblad. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "GWK borg span". Volksblad (in Afrikaans). 10 December 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Stadion sonder borg". Volksblad (in Afrikaans). 15 July 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 

Coordinates: 28°45′17.80″S 24°45′28.83″E / 28.7549444°S 24.7580083°E / -28.7549444; 24.7580083