Ellis Park

Johannesburg, South Africa
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Picture of Ellis Park, Johannesburg

The Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg is presently a rugby stadium, but cricket was played here once when the Old Wanderers stadium was demolished and the New Wanderers was yet to be built. The ground hosted a few Test matches from 1948 to 1954. It hosted its first ever international match on December 27th, 1948. It was a Test match between South Africa and England which ended in a draw. The last Test played here was in 1954 between South Africa and New Zealand. The Ellis Park is the host to local team Transvaal. The venue is also a multi-use stadium as it is used for sports like cricket, rugby and football. It was the host to Rugby World Cup final in 1995. It is a large stadium and has capacity to accommodate over 60000 people. The stadium is named after Mr JD Ellis who made the initial area for the stadium available. The New Wanderers stadium in 1956-57 signalled the end of Ellis Park.