Ellis Park Stadium

Ellis Park Stadium (known as Emirates Airline Park for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby union and association football stadium in the city of Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa. It hosted the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which was won by the country's national team, the Springboks. The stadium was the country's most modern when it was upgraded in 1982 to accommodate almost 60,000 people. Today, the stadium hosts both football and rugby and is also used as a venue for other large events, such as open-air concerts. It has become synonymous with rugby as the only time when rugby was not played at Ellis Park was during 1980 and 1981, when the stadium was under construction during the upgrade.

Ellis Park
Emirates Airline Park
Former namesCoca-Cola Park (2008–12)
Location47 N. Park Lane Doornfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, 2028
Coordinates26°11′51″S 28°3′39″E
OwnerCity of Johannesburg
OperatorEllis Park World of Sport
Capacity62,567 (Rugby union and Soccer)
55,686 (2010 FIFA World Cup)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1927
Opened1928[1]
Renovated2009
Expanded2009
Construction costR40 Million
Tenants
Lions (1996–present)
Golden Lions

The stadium was originally named after Mr J.D. Ellis, who made the area for the stadium available. A five-year ZAR 450 million (US$58 million/£30 million) naming rights deal was signed in 2008 with The Coca-Cola Company, resulting in the stadium being named Coca-Cola Park between 2008 and 2012.[2]

League, provincial, and international football games have all been played at the stadium, and it has seen such teams as Brazil, Manchester United and Arsenal play. Ellis Park Stadium is the centerpiece of a sporting sector in the south-east of Johannesburg, where it neighbours Johannesburg Stadium (athletics), Standard Bank Arena,[3] Ellis Park Tennis Stadium,[4] and an Olympic-class swimming pool.

Ellis Park is home to the following teams:

Cricket matches were held at the stadium in the past. Ellis Park hosted six Test matches between 1948 and 1954,[6] but it has not been used for first-class cricket since New Wanderers Stadium opened in 1956 and is now only used for rugby and football.


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