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Loftus Versfeld

During the 1920s the Pretoria Sub-union had not foreseen the growing need for fields, but in the first part of that decade, the Sub-union, in co-operation with the Municipality, systematically put their existing rugby fields under kikuyu. University and Boys' High followed their example in 1923, so that there were seven grass fields available in that year. The Railway Institute field at Berea Park was similarly grassed in 1924. At the end of 1928 there were ten grass fields in Pretoria.

The Pretoria Sub-union also wished to improve the facilities at the Eastern Sports Ground. In 1923 the City Council commenced the building of a concrete stand which could accommodate 2 000 spectators. At the end of 1928, mainly as a result of the All Blacks tour, the Sub-union could show a record financial gain and used the profits to erect the changing-rooms and toilets they had waited for, for so long.

When Mr Loftus Versfeld died suddenly in May 1932, the Sub-union paid this founder of organised sport in Pretoria, who had dedicated years of his life to rugby, both as a player and administrator, the fitting tribute of renaming the Eastern Sports Grounds. From then on, it was to be known as Loftus Versfeld.

The phenomenal growth of rugby was accompanied by a dearth of playing fields. Apart from the 3 605 pupils who played rugby in 1937, there were 2 202 senior players actively involved. As early as 1934 the Pretoria Sub-union was unable to provide enough fields to satisfy the needs of the schools. The prospect of two additional municipal fields being laid out on the racecourse had not materialised by March 1936. During 1937 the Municipality laid out another field at Loftus Versfeld, while the Sub-union was granted the use of a field at Schoolplaats on the corner of Schubart and Boom Streets, which was used mainly for school rugby. By offering the use of their fields, the Police Sports Club, the University and the Railway Institute helped to alleviate the shortage of fields.

The Eastern Sportsgrounds were initiated on 18 April 1914. At present teams are playing on the same playing surface. In 1932 the stadium was renamed to Loftus Versfeld in honor of Robert Owen Loftus Versfeld, the founder of organized rugby in Pretoria. The N.T.R.U (Northern Transvaal Rugby Union) now B.B.R.U (Blue Bulls Rugby Union) was initiated in 1938.

Since 1948 there have been continuous improvements on the stadium:

1972 - Upper Eastern Pavilion / 1995 - East just as it is today.
1974 - Lower Southern Pavilion / 1989 - South just as it is today.
1977 - Main Pavilion
1984 - Northern Pavilion

Nowadays Loftus Versfeld can house 50 000 spectators


LOFTUS VERSFELD - 2008/2009 PRELIMINARY FIXTURES

FEB

16

Sat

Vodacom Super 14

Vodacom Stormers vs Vodacom Bulls

Cape Town

17:00

SS1

16

Sat

Celine Dion Music Concert

Loftus Versfeld

20:00

17

Sun

Celine Dion Music Concert

Loftus Versfeld

20:00

22

Fri

Vodacom Cup

SWD Eagles vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

George

17:00

22

Fri

Vodacom Super 14

Vodacom Bulls vs Crusaders

Loftus Versfeld

20:05

SS1

Club Friendly

Eersterus vs SK Walmers

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

23

Sat

ABSA Premier League

Kaizer Chiefs vs Supersport United

Loftus Versfeld

20:00

SS

27

Wed

ABSA Premier League

Mamelodi Sundowns vs Morokko Swallows

Loftus Versfeld

19:30

SS

MAR

1

Sat

Vodacom Super 14

Vodacom Bulls vs Sharks

Loftus Versfeld

19:05

SS1

Vodacom Cup

Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Natal Wildebeest

Loftus Versfeld

16:30

SS1

Club Friendly

Mafikeng vs Potgieterus

Loftus Versfeld

15:00

2

Sun

CAF Champions League

Mamelodi Sundowns vs Miembeni (Zanzibar)

Loftus Versfeld

15:30

5

Wed

ABSA Premier League

Kaizer Chiefs vs Platinum Stars

Loftus Versfeld

19:30

SS

7

Fri

Vodacom Super 14

Vodacom Bulls vs Lions

Loftus Versfeld

19:05

SS1

BBRU Curtain Raiser

tbc

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

8

Sat

Vodacom Cup

BA Elephants vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

Port Elizabeth

15:30

8

Sat

ABSA Premier League

Mamelodi Sundowns vs Bloemfontein Celtic

Loftus Versfeld

15:30

SS

15

Sat

Vodacom Super 14

Reds vs Vodacom Bulls

Brisbane

11:05

SS1

15

Sat

Vodacom Cup

Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Boland Cavaliers

Brits

15:00

22

Sat

Vodacom Super 14

Chiefs vs Vodacom Bulls

Rotorua

8:35

SS1

29

Sat

Vodacom Super 14

Blues vs Vodacom Bulls

Auckland

8:35

SS1

29

Sat

Vodacom Cup

Vodacom Free State vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

Petrusburg

15:30

APR

4

Fri

Vodacom Super 14

Western Force vs Vodacom Bulls

Perth

13:45

SS1

5

Sat

Vodacom Cup

Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Vodacom W.P.

Loftus Versfeld

14:30

SS1

Gilbert Super 24 Club Championship Finals

Loftus B

tbc

11

Fri

Vodacom Cup

Border Bulldogs vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

King Williams Town

19:00

BBRU Curtain Raiser

tbc

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

BBRU Curtain Raiser

tbc

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

12

Sat

Vodacom Super 14

Vodacom Bulls vs Hurricanes

Loftus Versfeld

17:05

SS1

13

Sun

ABSA Premier League

Mamelodi Sundowns vs Kaizer Chiefs

Loftus Versfeld

15:00

SS

16

Wed

ABSA Premier League

Mamelodi Sundowns vs Thanda Royal Zulu

Loftus Versfeld

19:30

SS

19

Sat

Vodacom Super 14

Vodacom Bulls vs Highlanders

Loftus Versfeld

15:00

SS1

BBRU Curtain Raiser

tbc

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

26

Sat

Vodacom Cup Quarter Finals

tbc

tbc

tbc

30

Wed

Deurimikke Afrikaans Music Festival

Loftus Versfeld

19:00

MAY

3

Sat

Vodacom Super 14

Vodacom Bulls vs Waratahs

Loftus Versfeld

15:00

SS1

BBRU Curtain Raiser

tbc

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

3

Sat

Vodacom Cup Semi Finals

tbc

tbc

tbc

9

Fri

Vodacom Super 14

Vodacom Bulls vs Brumbies

Loftus Versfeld

19:10

SS1

BBRU Curtain Raiser

tbc

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

10

Sat

Vodacom Cup Final

tbc

tbc

tbc

SS1

11

Sun

ABSA Premier League

Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates

Loftus Versfeld

15:00

SS

14

Wed

ABSA Premier League

Kaizer Chiefs vs Bloemfontein Celtic

Loftus Versfeld

19:30

17

Sat

Vodacom Bulletjie Rugby Day

Loftus B

8:00

17

Sat

Vodacom Super 14

Vodacom Cheetahs vs Vodacom Bulls

Bloemfontein

17:05

SS1

17

Sat

ABSA Premier League

Mamelodi Sundowns vs Free State Stars

Loftus Versfeld

15:00

23/24

Sat

Vodacom Super 14 Semi Final

tbc

tbc

tbc

SS1

31

Sat

Vodacom Super 14 Final

tbc

tbc

tbc

SS1

JUN

7

Sat

Vodacom International

South Africa vs Wales

Bloemfontein

15:00

SS1

7

Sat

Compulsary Friendly

SWD Eagles vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

George

tbc

14

Sat

Vodacom International

South Africa vs Wales

Loftus Versfeld

15:00

SS1

21

Sat

Vodacom International

South Africa vs Italy

tbc

15:00

SS1

21

Sat

ABSA Currie Cup

Lions vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

Johannesburg

tbc

28

Sat

ABSA Currie Cup

Vodacom WP vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

Cape Town

17:05

JUL

5

Sat

Vodacom Tri-Nations

New Zeeland vs South Africa

Wellington

tbc

SS1

5

Sat

ABSA Currie Cup

Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Sharks

Loftus Versfeld

17:05

BBRU Curtain Raiser

tbc

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

12

Sat

Vodacom Tri-Nations

New Zeeland vs South Africa

Dunedin

9:35

SS1

12

Sat

ABSA Currie Cup

Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Vodacom FS Cheetahs

Loftus Versfeld

17:05

SS1

BBRU Curtain Raiser

tbc

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

BBRU Curtain Raiser

tbc

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

19

Sat

Vodacom Tri-Nations

Australia vs South Africa

Perth

11:05

SS1

19

Sat

ABSA Currie Cup

Boland Cavaliers vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

Wellington

15:00

SS1

19

Sun

Angus Buchan - Praise & Worship

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

25

Fri

Carlton Cup Semi Finals

tbc

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

26

Sat

Vodacom Challenge Final

Manchester United vs Chiefs/ Pirates

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

AUG

1

Fri

ABSA Currie Cup

Valke vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

Brakpan

19:10

SS1

2

Sat

Carlton Cup Finals

tbc

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

9

Sat

ABSA Currie Cup

Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Lions

Loftus Versfeld

15:00

SS1

ABSA u/21

Vodacom Blue Bulls u/21 vs Lions u/21

Loftus Versfeld

ABSA u/19

Vodacom Blue Bulls u/19 vs Lions u/19

Loftus Versfeld

15

fri

ABSA Currie Cup

Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Griquas

Loftus Versfeld

19:10

SS1

BBRU Curtain Raiser

tbc

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

16

Sat

Vodacom Tri-Nations

South Africa vs New Zeeland

Cape Town

15:00

SS1

23

Sat

Vodacom Tri-Nations

South Africa vs Australia

Durban

15:00

SS1

23

Sat

Compulsary Friendly

SWD Eagles vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

George

tbc

23

Sat

ABSA u/21

Leopards u/21 vs Vodacom Blue Bulls u/21

Potchefstroom

tbc

ABSA u/19

Leopards u/19 vs Vodacom Blue Bulls u/19

Potchefstroom

tbc

29

Fri

ABSA Currie Cup

Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Vodacom WP

Loftus Versfeld

19:10

SS1

BBRU Curtain Raiser

tbc

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

30

Sat

Vodacom Tri-Nations

South Africa vs Australia

Johannesburg

15:00

SS1

SEP

6

Sat

ABSA Currie Cup

Sharks vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

Durban

17:05

SS1

ABSA u/21

Sharks u/21 vs Vodacom Blue Bulls u/21

Durban

tbc

ABSA u/19

Sharks u/19 vs Vodacom Blue Bulls u/19

Durban

tbc

12

Fri

ABSA Currie Cup

Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Boland Cavaliers

Loftus Versfeld

19:10

SS1

ABSA u/21

Vodacom Blue Bulls u/21 vs Boland u/21

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

ABSA u/19

Vodacom Blue Bulls u/19 vs Boalnd u/19

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

20

Sat

ABSA Currie Cup

Vodacom FS Cheetahs vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

Bloemfontein

17:05

SS1

27

Sat

ABSA Currie Cup

Griquas vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

Kimberley

15:00

SS1

27

Sat

ABSA u/21

Vodacom WP u/21 vs Vodacom Blue Bulls u/21

Cape Town

tbc

ABSA u/19

Vodacom WP u/19 vs Vodacom Blue Bulls u/19

Cape Town

tbc

OCT

3

Fri

ABSA Currie Cup

Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Valke

Loftus Versfeld

19:10

SS1

ABSA u/21

Vodacom Blue Bulls u/21 vs Vodacom FS u/21

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

ABSA u/19

Vodacom Blue Bulls u/19 vs Vodacom FS u/19

Loftus Versfeld

tbc

11

Sat

ABSA Currie Cup Semi Finals

tbc

tbc

tbc

SS1

18

Sat

ABSA Currie Cup Promotion/ Relegation

tbc

tbc

SS1

25

Sat

ABSA Currie Cup Final

tbc

tbc

16:30

SS1

ABSA u/21

tbc

tbc

14:00

ABSA u/19

tbc

tbc

12:00

NOV

1

8

Sat

International Test Match

Wales vs South Africa

Cardiff

tbc

SS1

15

Sat

International Test Match

Scotland vs South Africa

Edinburgh

tbc

SS1

22

Sat

International Test Match

England vs South Africa

London

tbc

SS1

29

DEC

6

13

20

27

NOTE: All fixtures are subject to change

February 8, 2008


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