Join sports mad Bloem locals at Free State Stadium
Nations don't come much more sports obsessed than South Africa, and most cities will have at least one major sports stadium.
Bloemfontein is no exception, and is home to Free State Stadium, which is located in an easily accessible location just to the south of the CBD. This 38,000 seater stadium is the home ground of the Free State Cheetahs rugby team (who play in the domestic Currie Cup) and the Cheetahs, who play in the Super Rugby tournament (involving teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) during the southern hemisphere winter.
It hosted six games in the 2010 Soccer World Cup and is one of the two home grounds of the local soccer team, Bloemfontein Celtic.
Cricket is played during summer next door at Chevrolet Park, which is part of the Free State Stadium complex, and is the home ground of the Knights.
Tickets to sports events in South Africa are relatively cheap compared to international prices and the games are fortunately genial affairs with no history of crowd violence. Check the website below for details.
If you're a sports fan, it's well worth checking what's on at the time of your visit. When we were in town, the stadium was hosting the 100th birthday celebrations of the African National Congress (ANC), which is, of course, an entirely different sport altogether!
Free State Rugby Stadium
A picture of the newly refurbished Free Sate stadium aka Vodacam Park in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The stadium has been refurbished ahead of the 2010 Fifa Soccer World cup and Confederations cup this year. This is known as Free State Rugby Stadium, however it is being used for both soccer and Rugby. England vs. Germany FIFA 2010 was the match when Bloemfontein was flooded with the red shirts and it is the only ground which became a history by giving South Africa its first ever win against any European team, when South Africa beaten France on this very ground by 2-1
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Stadium Swimming Pool
This is Bloemfontein's public Swimming pool adjacent to Rugby stadium at Park Road in Willows area. There are Braii facilities inside for those who come with the intentions of picnicking. National and Continental swimming events take place here.
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Bloemfontein Golf Course
The Bloemfontein Golf Club is situated about 6 kilometres from the city centre just off Maselspoort Road - more commonly known as the Airport Road.
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