The 27th of August 2017 marked the grandstand’s 40th year of existence and the Vodacom Blue Bulls celebrates its heritage as part of one of the most iconic rugby stadiums in South Africa, and around the world.
The grandstand at Loftus Versfeld was officially opened on the 27th of August 1977 when the Springboks, led by Morné du Plessis, thumped a World XV that included the likes of Willie John McBride, Jean-Pierre Rives, Ian Kirkpatrick, Andy Haden, Gareth Edwards, Jean-Luc Averous and JPR Williams.
A week later, Northern Transvaal beat the same opponents with the Light Blues boasting the likes of Naas Botha, Pierre Spies Snr, Thys Lourens and Wynand Claassen. A special white jersey was commissioned for the match with Barberton Daisy in the centre of an outline of the stadium replacing the traditional logo.
The grandstand has gone on to seat thousands of passionate Vodacom Blue Bulls and Vodacom Bulls supporters and its story has many more chapters to be written.