Location: Currey St, Doornfontein, Johannesburg, 2000
Ellis Park Stadium (known as Emirates Airline Park for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby union and association football stadium in the city of Johannesburg.
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 62,567 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.
The stadium was originally named after Mr J.D. Ellis, who made the area for the stadium available. A five-year ZAR 450 million (USD 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.
The stadium is also noteworthy for becoming, in 2005, South Africa’s first black-owned stadium.
League, provincial, and international soccer 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, Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, and an Olympic-class swimming pool.
Ellis Park is also home to Super Rugby Southern Hemisphere rugby competition, Golden Lions, and Currie Cup domestic rugby competition.