Johannesburg: Ellis Park Stadium

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Johannesburg:Ellis Park Stadium

Johannesburg: Ellis Park Stadium

Ellis Park Stadium is a multi-functional stadium opened in 1928. It has nearly 63,000 seats. Its construction cost at the time was only 5,000 pounds.

In 2008, the Coca Cola Company invested 450 million South African Lante, 58 million U.S. dollars or 30 million pounds, to have the park renamed “Coca-Cola Park.” It is worth mentioning that, in 2005, Ellis park stadium became the first black-owned stadium in South African history.

In its 82-year history, some strange, unusual events and tragedies have cast a shadow on Ellis Park Stadium. The strangest event occurred on Jan. 17, 2007 when an assistant referee and three players were hit by a billboard that was blown down by strong winds.

Fortunately, nobody got severely hurt in the accident. But the victims in the accident in 2001 were not so lucky. Ellis Park Stadium held a competition of South African super league tournament then. The two sides were the Orlando Pirate team and the Caesar Chief team. Unfortunately, a trampling incident occurred and 42 people died.

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