The sport that changed our nation
Sport has the ability to bring people together over a common interest or passion. It has the ability to develop and bring about reconciliation. Sport has the ability to change a nation. There isn’t a more iconic symbol of the power of sport than the Rugby World cup held the year after South Africa’s turning point.
The end of apartheid in South Africa in 1994 was a momentous occasion; marking the end of a devastating era and the beginning of a united country. Rugby, alongside cricket and football, is one of South Africa’s national sports, but was always seen as “the white man’s game”. Until 1995. The greatest impact this rugby game had on South Africa was not the victory of the Springboks, but rather the inclusive atmosphere it created. Everyone was there – every colour, every age, every religion and every political standpoint – under one stadium roof.
Today rugby, and sport in general, is something that South Africans come together over; whether at home over a couple of drinks or at some of our most iconic stadiums around the country. Super Rugby is just one example of a tournament that is loved and followed by passionate sporting fans around our diverse country. Here are some facts you didn’t know about the Super Rugby stadiums:
- There are a total of 6 Super Rugby stadiums scattered around South Africa, as far and wide as Port Elizabeth and the Free State.
- The 6 stadiums can hold around 352 000 supporters, all shouting and cheering for their chosen team.
- Emirates Airline Park is the largest Super Rugby stadium in South Africa, with capacity to hold 60 000 supporters. It is also where the final game for the 1995 Rugby World Cup was held.
- The Mr Price Kings Park stadium was built to hold only 12 000 supporters back in 1958, but was upgraded and can now hold 52 000 supporters, which are more than likely screaming for the Sharks.
- The first match that was played at the DHL Newlands stadium in Cape Town was held way back in 1980, showing that rugby has always been a popular sport on South African soil.
- Loftus Versfeld is home to the notorious Blue Bulls rugby team but also played host to the South Africa vs. Uruguay soccer game back in 2010 when we hosted the Soccer World Cup.
- The Free State stadium is situated in the City of Roses, more commonly known as Bloemfontein, and is the home ground of the Cheetahs Super Rugby team.
- The Nelson Mandela Bay stadium is based in Port Elizabeth and was the stadium where the 3rd place playoffs were held for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. This stadium is home to Super Rugby team, the Southern Kings.
Thanks to Greyhound, you don’t have to miss a minute of the Super Rugby tournament live action. Decide which game you’d love to support, head over to our website and choose a route to get you to the stadium of your choice, jump on a Greyhound bus with your mates and supporter’s gear and enjoy the journey to pledge your support!