Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

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Basic Facts about the Ground

    • Location: Illovo, Johannesburg
    • Established: 1956
    • Stadium Capacity: 34,000
    • Owner: Cricket South Africa (CSA)
    • Name of the Ends: Golf Course End, Corlett Drive End
    • 1st Test: 24 December 1956 – South Africa vs England
    • 1st ODI: 13 December 1992 – South Africa vs India
    • 1st T20I: 21 October 2005 – South Africa vs New Zealand
    • Curator: Chris Scott

Brief History of the Wanderers Stadium

The ground was built in 1956 to replace the Old Wanderers Stadium. It was the third venue in South Africa to host a Test after the old Wanderers and the Ellis Park Rugby Stadium.

The first First Class match at the New Wanderers was played from 16 to 19 November 1956 between Transvaal and Natal.

Following South Africa’s re-entry into international cricket, the ground was given a new look. Work began on the new Centenary Pavilion in 1991. In 1992, the renovated Unity Pavilion was inaugurated.

In 1996, the existing 30 metre high floodlights were substituted by five 65 meter high masts.

The stadium was given the honour of being selected as the venue for the ICC World Cup 2003. The facilities at the ground were overhauled for the tournament and a number of new additions were made.

In October 2003, the clubhouse at the Wanderers was completely gutted by fire. It has since been rebuilt.

Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

A match in progress at the Wanderers, even as the clouds loom large overhead.

In terms of facilities, the Wanderers would rank amongst the very best in world cricket. While the ground is primarily a cricket venue, it remains open to hosting other events and private functions.

For those looking for an exclusive cricket viewing experience, the 182 suites at the Wanderers offer the very best.

Suite at the Wanderers Stadium

Bar n Suite – Watching cricket can be a really good experience at the Wanderers

Major Records and Events at the Wanderers

  • The 2003 World Cup final where Australia completely crushed India.
  • Hugh Tayfield claimed 9 for 113 in the second innings of the 4th test vs England in the 1956-57 season. It remains the best bowling performance by a South African  in Test Cricket. England, needing 232 for a win, were dismissed for 218.
  • Mike Artherton’s match saving 185* in the 2nd Test in 1995.
  • In March 2006, the Wanderers hosted the most extraordinary ODI match of them all. For the first time ever in the history of One Day Cricket a team scored in excess of 400. And when South Africa chased it down, it became one of cricket’s most unbelievable moments.

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