If I should happen to die today I can at least say with some certainty that I have walked on hallowed ground. Even as a lifelong Sharks supporter one cannot deny the longstanding phenomenal force that the Blue Bulls are in world rugby. Currently leading the Super 14 table with four wins from four games they remain the only unbeaten team in the competition unlike my team of ‘local heroes’ who have played five and lost five in their disastrous season.
Standing on a site that has been used for sport for over 104 years, making it one of the oldest stadiums in South Africa, the sheer history and legacy of this stadium cannot fail to impress even the most insensitive of heart. Named after Robert Owen Loftus Versfeld, the founder of organised sport in Pretoria, the first real concrete structure was erected here in 1923 and has had numerous upgrades over the years to make it the awe-inspiring stadium that it is today.
With a capacity of 51,762 the stadium is currently getting a brand new set of seats in readiness for the FIFA World Cup that is due here in less than 88 days. The expectation and excitement from everyone within the city of Tshwane/Pretoria is just electric and with South Africa scheduled to play Uruguay on the 16th June this stadium is going run riot with the sounds of African vuvuzelas and a full house of fanatical screaming fans…
Below three initial images from my recent shoot there last week.